wolfgang weingart, who was born in 1941 in salemertal in southern germany, attended the merz akademie in stuttgart from 1958 to 1960, where he familiarised himself with typesetting and the process of making linocuts and woodcuts. after this he trained as a typesetter and discovered swiss typography. since the 1970s wolfgang weingart has exerted a decisive influence on the international development of typography. in the late 1960s he instilled creativity and a desire for experimentation into the ossified swiss typographical industry and reflected this renewal in his own work. countless designers have been inspired by his teaching at the basle school of design and by his lectures. weingart also held summer courses in brissago (yale summer program in graphic design) and from 1972 onwards gave lectures throughout the world, frequently in the usa where most of his students came from. weingart was a member of the agi from 1978 to 1999 has received several awards for his lifework: in 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts by massachusetts college of art & design in boston, in 2013 the aiga medal.