Steff Geissbuhler - Memorable and Imaginative Work


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Steff Geissbuhler (b.1942) is considered as one of the most important graphic designers and illustrators in history. He created branding and design programs for corporations such as Time Warner Cable, NBC, Voice of America, Merck, Telemundo, Crane & Co, Toledo Museum of Art, National Parks of New York Harbor, Darien Library, and te May Department Stores Companies. 

Geissbuhler was born in Zofingen, Switzerland. He moved to Basel at age eight. He knew he wanted to be a designer from a young age and spent his formative years training under Emil Ruder, Donald Brun and Armin Hofmann. He worked for J.R. Geigy, a well-known pharmaceutical company run by Max Schmid. During his three decades at Chermayeff & Geismar Inc. in New York, Geissbühler served as Partner and Principal. Later, he co-founded C&G Partners and is now the sole owner of geissbühler:design.

Geissbuhler is presently teaching at SCAD, having previously taught at PCA, Cooper Union, Yale, and SVA. Geissbühler designed architectural graphics for the IBM building in NYC, and wayfinding for the Universities of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. He designed advertising materials for Mobil, Morgan Stanley, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Philip Morris and Cummins Engines. He has received numerous awards, including the 2005 AIGA Medal. His work has been exhibited widely in various art galleries and prominent museums throughout the world.

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Steff Geissbuhler headshot
Graphic image of two black master forms holding hands with a red sunset in background

Peace Poster, Godzilla & King Kong. Poster commemorating 40 years since the bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. 1985

View of six legs from the knee down in dancer's positions with text at top.

New York is Dance. Poster for the New York Department of Cultural Affairs.

Multi-colored large letters on a black background.

Diversity. Poster for World Day of Design, AIGA

Colorful graphic design of stylized flora and fauna on a green background.

New York is Gardens & Zoos. Poster for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Graphic rainbow peacock design with letters - NBC

National Broadcasting Company logo

Graphic design using a blue line to suggest an eye form

Time Warner and Time Warner Cable logo

Graphic design logo with white lines on a black background

Centro de Convenciones de Cartagena logo

View of five posters mounted on a wall above a large glass top table.

Exhibition installation.