Sibylle Hagmann began her career in Switzerland after earning a B.F.A. from the Basel School of Design in 1989. She explored her passion for typography and type design while completing her M.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in 1996. Before relocating to Houston in 2000 she was the director of graphic design and publications for the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and taught at several southern Californian schools.
In 1999 she completed the typeface family Cholla originally commissioned by Art Center College of Design and released by the digital type foundry Emigre in the same year. Cholla was among the winning entries of bukva:raz!, the type design competition of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) in 2001. The typeface family Odile was released in 2006 and was awarded the Swiss Federal Design Award in the same year.
Her work has been featured in several publications and recognized by the Type Directors Club of New York. She has presented her work nationally and internationally including the 2003 and 2006 TypeCon typography conferences and at Just The Type, an international type design conference at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2001.
Hagmann founded her Houston based design studio Kontour in 2000. She works for clients such as the CORE Program, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, and the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, among others. She teaches at the University of Houston in the graphic communication program.
[Sibylle Hagmann, April 2007]