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Anton Stankowski

Anton Stankowski (1906 – 1998)

Born on 18 June 1906 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Anton Stankowski is often considered as one of the greatest graphic designers in history. He was trained by Max Burchartz at the Folkwangschule in Essen. He started his career working as a freelancer for the Canis Advertising Agency in Bochum. The young Stankowski joined Max Dalang’s famous Zurich-based advertising studio in 1929.

With his revolutionary photographic and typographical work, he developed a prototype for contemporary advertising style called “constructive graphics”.

Stankowski started his own design agency in Stuttgart in 1951 with Willi Baumeister, Max Bense, Walter Cantz, Egon Eiermann and Mia Seeger. Their clients included IBM, SE and Mercedes-Benz. He created corporate identities and logos for many prestigious firms such as Deutsche Bank, Munich Re (Münchner Rückversicherungen), REWE, Viessmann, Iduna, SEL, Süddeutsche Rundfunk and the Olympic Congress Baden-Baden.

Stankowski died on December 11, 1998. He received various awards and honors, including the Harry Graf Kessler Award.

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