Kurt Wirth was born on September 12 1917 in Berne, switzerland. In 1933, he trained as graphic design under Hans Fischer and took courses at the Berne Gewerbeschule. In 1937 , he established his own studio by drawing illustrator for books, newspaper and magazine. In 1943, he had his first exhibition in Berne and Zurich. He moved to Paris and Italy and designed posters for Swissair and the Tourist Office. He became the president of the Association of Swiss Graphic Designers from 1956 to 1959. He designed paper backs and book covers for Fischer Verlag of Frankfurt and brochures for a pharmaceutical firm as well as posters for the Swiss Railways. He went aboard to England, Spain, Tunisia, Greece , Brithish Ceylon, and Thailand to study and painting journeys. He started to teach composition and picture construction in Department for Art Teachers at the College of Applied arts, Berne.
I always thrill with a great poster with a nice illustrator and typography. Wirth’s ski poster is one of my favorite posters. The illustration of the skiers give a sense of movement and the diagonal of the typography compliment well each other. The strokes of his illustration are very warm and appealing. I wish I could have a strokes like he does. An awesome typographer and illustrator.