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Jan 18 / Darryl Terrell

Kontour -Sibylle Hagmann

The Typeographer

Sibylle Hagmann


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 her years of working she developed her award winning typeface families, for example Cholla and Odile.In 1999 she completed the typeface family Cholla originally commissioned by Art Center College of Design and released by the type foundry Emigre in the same year. Cholla was among the winning entries of bukva:raz! which is type design competition by 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 that is was released. Her work has been featured in several publications and recognized by the Type Directors Club of New York and Japan. She presented her work nationally and internationally at typography conferences and educational institutions. Sibylle Hagmann has written for Sage Publications, Typographische Monatsblätter—Swiss Typographic MagazineIDEA magazine, and contributed indirectly to EYE magazine articles in the past.  As of right now she is a Professor at the University of Houston since 2002. ( / 2000)

Some type font collection she’s known for is as titled :

  • Axia
  • Elido
  • Odile
  • Cholla