Christof Gassner, Germany

AGI member since 1988

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Christof Gassner was educated at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich under the guidance of Walter Käch and Josef Müller-Brockmann. Followed by various industry and publishing assignments. Then starting in 1966, set up own graphic design studio in Frankfurt am Main; relocated to Darmstadt in 1992. The design studio specializes in editorial design, corporate design, typography, poster, book and stamp design. In the 1980s: ecological projects, co-founder and art director of Öko-Test Magazin, 1986–2006: professor of graphic design and typography at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt and at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, then visiting lecturer in China.

Design work by Christof Gassner


    Christof Gassner, Germany (1988)

    Christof Gassner was educated at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich under the guidance of Walter Käch and Josef Müller-Brockmann. Followed by various industry and publishing assignments. Then starting in 1966, se...

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    Christof Gassner, Germany (1988)

      Christof Gassner was educated at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich under the guidance of Walter Käch and Josef Müller-Brockmann. Followed by various industry and publishing assignments. Then starting in 1966, set up own graphic design studio in Frankfurt am Main; relocated to Darmstadt in 1992. The design studio specializes in editorial design, corporate design, typography, poster, book and stamp design. In the 1980s: ecological projects, co-founder and art director of Öko-Test Magazin, 1986–2006: professor of graphic design and typography at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt and at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, then visiting lecturer in China.

      Publications

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      Alltag Ökologie Design – The Ecology of Form and Content

      (1994)

      • Jörg Stürzebecher,
      • Dirk Maxeiner,
      • Jürgen Räuschel,
      • Christof Gassner,
      • Gabriele Lorenzer,
      • Victor Malsy

      Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz

      Between lifestyle and muesli was where Christof Gassner sought and found a new visual language when he designed the “Öko-Test” layout in the 80s.

      Thema und Variationen – Canton Plakate 1983–1995

      (1996)

      • Frieder Mellinghoff,
      • Christof Gassner

      Canton

      22 posters on the topic: pure music

      Plakat Holz Lettern

      (2009)

      • Christof Gassner,
      • Katrin Holst

      Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt

      A large-sized book which is simply very attractive, documenting with ist reproduction of wooden poster typesetting of various alphabets more than just history of advertising and typography in the 19th century. (jury Stidtung Buchkunst)

      Darmstadt Texte Typen

      (2013)

      • Christof Gassner,
      • Katrin Holst

      Christof Gassner, Katrin Holst

      This book represents a congenial symbioses oft he town of Darmstadt with traditional printing techniques and craftsmanship. (jury red dot award)

      Education

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      Professor of graphic design and typography

      • Undergraduate,  
      • Postgraduate

      1986 – 1993

      • Fachhochschule Darmstadt (Germany)

      Professor of graphic design

      • Undergraduate,  
      • Postgraduate

      1993 – 2006

      • Kunsthochschule Kassel (Germany)

      Agencies

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      • Braun AG

        1962 – 1963

      • DM-Test Verlag

        1964 – 1966

      • Christoff Gassner Grafik-Design

        1966 – present

      Awards

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      • 1986

      Bienale Brno: Gold Medal and Icograda Excellence Award
      • 1994

      Deutsches Plakatmuseum Essen: Dr. Rudolf Brandes Prize
      • 2006, 2015

      reddot award: best of the best