Josep Müller-Brockmann, Auto Club of Switzerland Poster, 1955. Swiss Design was the basis of much of the development of graphic design during the mid 20th century. Of the many contributions to develop from the two schools were the use of, sans-serif typography, grids and asymmetrical layouts. Also stressed was the combination of typography and photography as a means of visual communication.
Tour Type I was recently looking through the portfolio of graphic artist Neil Stevens and saw his retro-style posters for the different Tour de France stages. As a keen cyclist in and around London, these really appealed to me. The lettering based compositions successfully mix a number of historical graphic styles all hinging around the ’50s looking cyclist. I spoke to Neil about the typefaces used. The chunky numbers used as the main character in 1, 4 & 5 (tog