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Design and Music in harmony

Josef Muller Brockmann father of Swiss Style design and master user of the grid. Muller is well-known for his series of poster for the Zurich Town Hall at the Tohalle. One of his early successful poster is the, Beethoven Poster. He created these posters through careful planning and using the grid system to to create sense of compact planning, intelligibility, and clarity. It depicted mathematical harmony that reflected music as a unity. It legible, has an objective, functional and has aesthetic quality and mathematical thinking. The movements of the black and white arc implicated the drama in Beethoven’s music. Every element has a reason for it size; relationship between the music and mathematics and how it was a applied to the design of the poster reflected harmony of music. The simplicity of the design lets the readers read it more quickly yet it’s intricate and is pleasant to the eyes.

Learn more about the father of Swiss Design and his works here.


  1. Antonino Gugliotta wrote:

    Very interesting stuff. Thanks for introducing this concept to me!

    Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm | Permalink
  2. Megan Trayers wrote:

    I can totally see the balance in this design. I love that you covered the connection between music, design, and mathematics.

    Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  3. Emily Anderson wrote:

    Good post about math meeting design work. You have me intrigued and I will look through the link you posted.

    Friday, April 28, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Permalink