Hans Hilfiker, Ingenieur und Gestalter, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
(Hans Hilfiker, Engineer and Designer)
35 x 50 in. (90 x 128 cm)
Ralph Schraivogel (1960-) is one of the most influential figures in contemporary Swiss graphic design. The poster has long been his medium of choice. Schraivogel’s posters are eclectic – for each carefully researched commission he finds a unique and fitting take on the subject matter. He is well known for his highly complex and richly patterned works, but he also produces more restrained compositions when it suits the commission. Schraivogel’s posters are held in major museums around the world and have been the subject of international exhibitions.
For an exhibition on Swiss engineer Hans Hilfiker (best known for designing the Swiss railway clock in 1944), Schraivogel has added color to enliven an architectural drawing. The image is Hilfiker’s cross-section plan for a railway platform shelter with a cantilevered roof. Hilfiker designed the shelter in 1952 as a prototype for mass production, but only one was built, at a station in Winterthur. The shelter is still in use and is now landmarked.