André Baldinger, France (2002)
Baldinger began his career as a graphic designer in 1987. After three years of practice, he sharpened his skills as a typographer by studying with Hans Rudolf Bosshard in Zürich. After earning his diploma in 1993, Baldinger headed for Paris and joined the Atelier National de Création Typographique. In 1995 he started his own office. ‘Alternative’ projects like set design for the theatre and 3D design projects are key parts of his practice. Baldinger has also established himself as a skilled font designer; his typeface Newut (New Universal Typeface) is notable for its originality and modernity. He has taught at ÉCAL (1995–2003) and Lausanne University of Art and Design and the Berne University of the Arts (2003–2006). He has been awarded grants from both the French and the Swiss governments, and has been honoured by the Japan Type Directors Club (2001, 2003, 2004), the New York Type Directors Club (2004) and the 100 Best Posters, Berlin (2004).