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A Legendary Figure

Remembering Otl Aicher

Norman Foster 

I had wanted to collaborate with Otl Aicher on the graphics and signage for the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank. Frustratingly, the politics of commissioning on that project ruled it out, but I remember someone asking me why we needed him and responding, “Because he is the best living designer in the world.” I could have added that he was a co-founder and subsequently the principal of the Ulm School of Design, and how he virtually invented the pictogram in his work for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. In other words, he was a legendary figure in the design world...[+]

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