by Jon Dowling·
Once as rare as hen's teeth and the stuff of a designer's sordid dreams, 'Neue Grafik' is now available to own in its entirety.
'Neue Grafik', the 'International Review of graphic design and related subjects', was initiated by designer Josef Müller-Brockmann and published in eighteen issues between 1958 and 1965 by an editorial collective consisting of him, Richard Paul Lohse, Hans Neuburg und Carlo Vivarelli (LMNV). The complete volumes are now available in an excellent facsimile reprint by Lars Müller Publishers and to purchase from Counter-Print.
From a historical point of view, Neue Grafik can be seen as a programmatic platform and effective publishing organ of Swiss graphic design, an international authority in its field at the time. Protagonists of the Swiss school and its rigorous Zurich fraction lead an essential discourse on the foundations of current communication and constructive design. The influence of this movement cannot be overstated. The Swiss school, also called 'International Style', became exemplary for the conceptual approach to corporate design of increasingly globally operating corporations and an influential precursor in the design of individual projects, such as posters, exhibitions, and publications.