Heinz Waibl, Italy (1976)
Degree and two-year course in architecture at Milan Polytechnic. 1950–54: apprentice and later assistant to Max Huber, with whom he starts graphic courses at the Umanitaria school in Milan (1959–63). As Huber’s assistant he prepared the futuristic RAI pavilions at the Milan Fair, designed by the architect Castiglioni. Heinz joined Unimark International, Chicago (1967–71) and worked for J.C. Penney, Levi’s and Transunion, among others. After returning to Milan in 1971 he founded Signo, together with Laura Micheletto, soon gaining customers such as Cinzano, Max Meyer, Venini Venezia, Nava Milano, BTicino. He is also head of visual design at the Scuola Politecnica di Design. Became president of AGI Italy in 1994. 1980–2000: he designed the BTicino pavilions for the Intel fair (1985, 1987, 1989, 1990); a logo for the Emilia Romagna region; a poster and catalogue for the 16th Compasso d’Oro exhibition in Madrid; the pavilion and catalogue for the Compasso d’Oro/ADI exhibition in Moscow.