André Gürtler was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1936, where he studied Typographic Design from 1952 to 1957 with Emil Ruder at the Basel School of Design.
He went to Monotype Corporation in Salfords, England, where he worked as type designer. There he met with Adrian Frutiger who invited him to Paris to collaborate with him at the design office of the Type Foundry Deberny & Peignot.
In 1965 he was commissioned to teach at the University of Design and Art in Basel where he gave classes in Calligraphy, Type Design, and the History of Letterforms for more than 35 years. He was invited as, and still is guest lecturer in many countries, mainly in Mexico, the USA, and South America
Amongst professional type design work in the field of electronic publishing, he recently is committed to the development of alphabetic innovations for native languages in Mexico and South America.
[André Gürtler, April 2003]