Jacqueline Casey

Photo via Walkerart.org

« Casey’s visual language style was strongly influenced by the Swiss designers Karl Gerstner, Armin Hofmann and Josef Müller-Brockmann and the International Style. Thérèse Moll, a young Swiss designer who had been an assistant in Karl Gerstner’s Basel office and who briefly worked in the MIT publications office in 1958, is the one person Casey credited with her introduction to the grid and its design philosophy: ‘She introduced the office to European typography … This use of proportions in designing publications series became a useful tool for developing MIT’s image.’ »

Source: Eye Magazine, 2008

« Muriel [Cooper] hired her college classmate Jacqueline Casey to work at Design Services. She would soon head the office until her retirement in 1989. Casey, Ralph Coburn and Dietmar Winkler were the core of that office, and they also had guest designers, one of whom, from Basel, pretty much got them on their Helvetica kick. They recall that people like Gerstner and Müller-Brockmann also came through the office. So Muriel imbibed a lot of this “International Style” typography from her colleagues, and no doubt from what she was reading. It’s not something she, or anyone else at the time, would’ve gotten from an American design program. It’s a visual language she used, but also reworked significantly.

Source: David Reinfurt, interviewé par Dante Carlos, Walkerart Magazine

Christa Zelinsky

Biographie et interview dans TM-Research-Archive (Ecal, 2012).

  • Née en Ukraine en 1940.
  • En 1949, sa famille émigre aux Etats-Unis. « We were immigrants, my family and I. We came to the US in 1949. »
  • Etudie à Bâle de 1961 à 66. « I did the foundation year, and then I applied to the Fachklasse [masterclass] and was accepted. Out of 120 people, only 12 were allowed to move up into the course of study in graphic design. »
  • 1967: « Zelinsky took up a design position with the city of Kansas City, Missouri. « 
  • 1969-1975: « She returned to Switzerland in 1969, and was employed by the advertising agency Erwin Halpern, in Zurich, until 1975. »
  • 1972: Son travail est montré dans TM Communication 3.
  • 1977-2007: « accepted an invitation from the design faculty of the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) to develop the drawing curriculum for their graphic design department. »