Willi Kunz papers
Scope and Contents
This collection is still in process. Please contact Cary Graphic Design Archives for more information.
- Creation: 1984-2003
- Kunz, Willi (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
Willi Kunz (1943 - ) was born in Switzerland and immigrated to the United States in 1970. He found employment at Ansapch, Grossman & Portugal, a corporate identity consulting firm in New York City. His success in designing a branding program for the Merit gasoline station franchise company helped establish his credentials and he eventually set up an independent design studio that continues to be active. Though he was steeped early on in the Swiss style of typography, Kunz broke free of its more formal expectations and opened himself to what he described as "creative experimentation."
His books are much sought after by discriminating graphic designers. Typography: Macro + Microaesthetics (1998, 2d ed , 2004) has won many design awards and articulates Kunz's spare but surprisingly dynamic design aesthetic. In particular, it features an amazing series of posters designed for a long-running lecture program sponsored by Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture. A second book, Typography: Formation + Transformation (2004), discusses the role that typography plays in transforming utilitarian text into "an aesthetic form that conveys both the intellectual meaning and emotional feeling of the message."
3 Linear Feet (1 map case drawer)
The collection consists of forty-one posters and several other materials related to Swiss graphic designer Willi Kunz.
The posters are arranged in an oversized folder. There is no apparent arrangement.
Graphic Design Archives, Cary Collection Annex
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Willi Kunz in 2010. Accession number(s): 2010:001
Collection processed by Lisa Witt, October 2015.
- Willi Kunz papers
- Cary Graphic Design Archives
- Lisa Witt
- 14 October 2015
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