Werner Jeker

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Born the 25th December 1944 in Mümliswil, in the swiss german canton of Soleure. Lives and works in Châtillens and Lausanne.

After graphic designer’s training at Hugo Wetli studio and the obtaining of a federal grant of Applied Arts in 1968, he settled in 1972 as freelancer and has since been developing its activities as illustrator, graphic designer and teacher.

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In 1983, foundation of the graphic and industrial design studio “Les Ateliers du Nord” with Antoine Cahen and Claude Frossard. They have been collaborating on projects involving graphic design and industrial design with for customers, among others, the Swiss Museum of Games of La-Tour-de-Peilz, the Roman Museum of Lausanne-Vidy, the Lausanne Metro and Nespresso.

Regular collaboration with an important number of cultural, social and commercial institutions, such as Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Swiss Foundation for Photography, Museum of Ethnography Geneva (MEG), Chamber Orchestra of Geneva (OCG), Swiss film archive, Musée de l’Elysée, Collection de l’Art Brut, Museum of fine arts Lausanne, Saline Royale d’Arc et Senans, Cité de la Musique, Magnum Photos and Phaidon Press in London for whom he creates posters, the domain in which he achieved celebrity, but also books, visual identites and exhibitions design.

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Among his realizations; the artistic direction of communication for Weimar’99, Cultural Capital of Europe in 1999, the conception and realization of the du pavilion SIGNALPAIN for Expo 02, the Swiss National Exhibition in 2002, the corporate identity for Institut national du patrimoine (INP) Paris in 2000, the corporate identity for Schloss Neuhardenberg fundation in Berlin and the new coporate identity of the City of Geneva in 2004. More recently, he created the graphic identity of the Nespresso Design Contest and realized an important exhibition for the 90 years of the SUVA, the Swiss Accident Insurance Fund.

Appointed principal teacher of the class of graphic design at the School of Fine Arts of Lausanne in 1974, he was also teacher at the High School of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany from 1995 to 1997 and invited professor at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris from 1997 to 1998. From 2003 to 2007 he was co-responsible for the department “visual communication” at the Bern University of the Arts (BUA). He leads Workshop and Master class all over the world.

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Numerous national and international awards, amongst which the Award for exceptional Use of Photography in Graphic Design awarded by the International Center of Photography, New York, 1988, the First Prize for a new series of Swiss Bank Notes in 1989 and the Grand Prize of Applied Arts by the Foundation Vaudoise pour la Culture in 1991. Furthermore, a great number of his posters have been awarded by the Swiss Department of the Interior and the Warsaw, Lathi and Toyama biennial and triennial events have granted him several of their prizes. His posters are part of public collections worldwide, among which the MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York.

He is member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).

2017 History of Graphic Design

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