In 1946, Max Bill wrote an article entitled Über Typografie (On Typography) that served as a founding statement of Swiss modernist typography. Soon after this article was published, Jan Tschichold replied with Glaube and Wirklichkeit (Belief and Reality), which sought to refute many of Bill’s opinions, and reflected Tschichold’s own turn from a modernist to a traditionalist typographer. Paul Renner then added a third, more neutral voice to the debate with On Modern Typography. DISPUTE features the three articles and adds a fourth voice – mine as an outsider – through typography. I use three colors and different typesetting to visualized the drama between these three typographers.
Instructor | Adam Lucas