Walter Allner, USA

AGI member since 1962

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Walter studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau with Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Joseph Schmidt. After finishing his studies he moved to Paris, where he worked with Jean Carlu, A.M. Cassandre and Man Ray. He was the Paris editor of the Swiss magazine Graphis and founder/editor of the International Poster Annual and Posters. He emigrated to the US in 1949, and became a freelance designer for many US companies and organizations. He joined the staff of Fortune magazine in 1951 and was the art director of the magazine from 1962–74; he designed 79 covers. Allner taught at Parsons School of Design 1974–86 and was visiting lecturer at many other schools. In 1972 he was elected President of the US chapter of AGI and in 1974 was elected International President (the first from the US). He was the recipient of the Bauhaus Dessau medal from the German Academy of Architecture and the AGI Henri statuette for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in graphic design.

Walter Allner studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau with Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Joseph Schmidt. After finishing his studies he moved to Paris, where he worked with Jean Carlu, A.M. Cassandre and Man Ray. He was the Paris editor of the Swiss magazine Graphis and founder/editor of the International Poster Annual and Posters. He immigrated to the US in 1949, and became a freelance designer for many US companies and organizations, including RCA, ITT, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and the Container Corporation.

He joined the staff of Fortune magazine in 1951 and was the art director of the magazine from 1962–74; he designed 79 covers. Allner taught at Parsons School of Design (1974–86) and was visiting lecturer at many other schools. In 1972 he was elected President of the US chapter of AGI and in 1974 was elected International President (the first from the US). His graphic designs, paintings and sculptures have been exhibited widely in the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. He was the recipient of the Bauhaus Dessau medal from the German Academy of Architecture and the AGI Henri statuette for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in graphic design. Awarded by Chicago ADC 1952 and 1960, NY ADC 1956, 1958 and 1960.

Biography text taken from AGI by Ben and Elly Bos

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    Walter Allner, USA (1962)

    Walter Allner studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau with Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Joseph Schmidt. After finishing his studies he moved to Paris, where he worked with...

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    Walter Allner, USA (1962)

      Walter studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau with Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Joseph Schmidt. After finishing his studies he moved to Paris, where he worked with Jean Carlu, A.M. Cassandre and Man Ray. He was the Paris editor of the Swiss magazine Graphis and founder/editor of the International Poster Annual and Posters. He emigrated to the US in 1949, and became a freelance designer for many US companies and organizations. He joined the staff of Fortune magazine in 1951 and was the art director of the magazine from 1962–74; he designed 79 covers. Allner taught at Parsons School of Design 1974–86 and was visiting lecturer at many other schools. In 1972 he was elected President of the US chapter of AGI and in 1974 was elected International President (the first from the US). He was the recipient of the Bauhaus Dessau medal from the German Academy of Architecture and the AGI Henri statuette for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in graphic design.

      Walter Allner studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau with Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Joseph Schmidt. After finishing his studies he moved to Paris, where he worked with Jean Carlu, A.M. Cassandre and Man Ray. He was the Paris editor of the Swiss magazine Graphis and founder/editor of the International Poster Annual and Posters. He immigrated to the US in 1949, and became a freelance designer for many US companies and organizations, including RCA, ITT, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and the Container Corporation.

      He joined the staff of Fortune magazine in 1951 and was the art director of the magazine from 1962–74; he designed 79 covers. Allner taught at Parsons School of Design (1974–86) and was visiting lecturer at many other schools. In 1972 he was elected President of the US chapter of AGI and in 1974 was elected International President (the first from the US). His graphic designs, paintings and sculptures have been exhibited widely in the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. He was the recipient of the Bauhaus Dessau medal from the German Academy of Architecture and the AGI Henri statuette for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in graphic design. Awarded by Chicago ADC 1952 and 1960, NY ADC 1956, 1958 and 1960.

      Biography text taken from AGI by Ben and Elly Bos