Rosmarie Tissi grew up in an artistic family in Tayngen in the canton of Schaffhausen. Tissi lives and works in Zurich, was educated at the Zurich School of Design and by a four-year graphic design apprenticeship before opening her graphic studio together with Siegfried Odermatt in 1968 in the very heart of Zurich.
After working together for ten years, she and her mentor set up the collective studio O&T in 1968. Odermatt and Tissi work independently of each other, although there is obviously a close feedback among them. Their clients include printing houses, companies of all kinds, cultural institutions and the public sector. Her designs are characterised by an objectively clear yet undogmatic style, and the approach whereby writing influences form can be called a style-defining characteristic of Tissi’s work. However, she has always steered clear of straight-laced ‘Swiss style’. The graphic designer is also known for her love of traveling, which has already taken her to over 60 countries – not just for pleasure, mostly for lectures and workshops in high-profile institutes and universities on all five continents.
She is member of AGI (Alliance Graphique International) since 1974 and won several prizes and gold medals for her work in Poland, Russia, Germany and Japan. Rosmarie Tissi is a member of juries in various poster competitions, Poster Biennial and Triennial in USA, Germany, Japan and Switzerland. Her exhibitions in Galleries, National Museums of Modern Art, International Centers of Typographic Arts are outstanding.