Bruno Monguzzi

Bruno Monguzzi was born in 1941 in Mendrisio, a small town on the Swiss-Italian border, and still lives and works in Ticino, the Italian-speakting Part of Switzerland. In 1956, his family moved to Geneva where he attended the Graphic Design Course at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. In 1960, he studied typography, photography and psychology of perception in London at the St. Martin School of Art, at the Central School of Art and Design and at the London College of Printing. In 1961, Bruno Monguzzi met Antonio Boggeri and started working at the famous Studio Boggeri in Milan. In 1963, he became a teacher for typographic design in Venice and from 1965 until 1968 he spent three years in Montreal, where he designed nine pavilions for the Expo 1967 World Exhibition.

In 1968 he returned to Milan and collaborated with Boggeri until the closure of the Studio in 1981, and with Roberto Sambonet. In 1969, Bruno Monguzzi married Anna Boggeri, who played a key role throughout his career. From 1970 onwards, he taught visual perception and typographic design in Lugano, and lectured at various European and American Universities. In 1971 he received the Premio Bodoni for his contribution to typographic design in Italy.
Since then, Monguzzi has mainly worked on designing books, exhibitions and posters for cultural institutions.

Monguzzi’s work has been published and exhibited in Europe, South and North America, Australia, Japan and China.

A member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 1979, he is the author of “Lo Studio Boggeri, 1933-1981” and “Piet Zwart: the typographical work, 1923-1933”.

– 1983: wins the international competition for the design of the visual identity of the new Musée d‘Orsay Paris;

– 1990: gold medal of the New York Art Directors Club;

– 1991: Janus prize in Paris and silver medal at the Toyama poster triennial Japan;

– 1994: best Swiss typographer by the architecture magazine Hochparterre;

– 1997: honoured by the Tokyo Type Director Club;

– 2000: Gold Medal and Yusaku Kamekura Design Award at the Toyama Poster Triennial Japan.

– 2003: is awarded the distinction Honorary Royal Designer for Industry, Royal Society of Arts London

At the Madrid Design Festival 2020 Bruno Monguzzi was awarded the international design award. His acceptance speech about the professional understanding was received with great interest by the audience.

Posters by Bruno Monguzzi