Otl Aicher | Biography, Life, Work, Logos and Awards
Otl Aicher (1922 – 1991)
Otl Aicher (also known as Otto Aicher) is not only one of the greatest German graphic designers of all time but simply one of the greatest in the history of the art. Born on May 13, 1922 in Ulm, Aicher studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich from 1946 through 1947. He established his own design studio in the spring of 1947. Aicher also co-founded the Ulm School of Design in 1953.
Aicher was the lead designer for the 1972 Munich Olympics. His highly influential pictograms popularized the use of stick figures for public signage. He also created the visual identities for Braun (1954), Lufthansa (1969), Munich Airport (1983), and the popular font family Rotis in 1988.
He died on September 1, 1991 from injuries sustained in an accident. His work has been exhibited widely in various art galleries and museums throughout the world.
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