Steff Geissbuhler was born in Zofingen, Switzerland and moved to Basel. He entered the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule (The Basel School of Art and Design) in 1958, studying with Armin Hofmann and Emil Ruder. Steff received his Diploma in Graphic Design in 1964 (equivalent to a Masters degree in the USA).
Steff’s first job was at the Promotion Department of Geigy Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, designing promotional material, packaging, advertising campaigns and displays for chemical, pharmaceutical and dye products. Hw was invited to teach as an Associate Professor in Graphic Design at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) Steff moved with his family to Philadelphia, USA in 1967 and became acting chairman of the Graphic Design Department. Next to teaching, I worked as freelance designer for the college, Ayer Design, MIT Press and the architectural firms of Richard Saul Wurman in Philadelphia and George Nelson in New York, among others.
In 1973 Steff moved to New York to work with Anspach Grossman Portugal in New York City and in 1975 joined Chermayeff & Geismar Associates as an Associate Partner and from 1979 to 2005 he was one of three partners in the firm.
In 2005 he co-founded C&G Partners with two principals from Chermayeff & Geismar Inc.
In 2011 Steff founded geissbühler:design, an independent design consultancy.
Steff is happily married to his wife and partner, Elissa, with four terrific and talented sons, Phillip, a physicist, Luke, a cinematographer, Alex, an actor and master trainer, and Ben who graduated with a degree in sculpture. My family is my greatest achievement.