|1914||Born on May 9 in Rapperswil, Switzerland.
Childhood in Rapperswil, Schmerikon and Uznach.
|1930||Completed secondary school in Rapperswil.
Started appreticeship as a graphic designer in Zurich.
|1932||Broke off apprenticeship and audited courses by Ernst Keller and Alfred Willimann at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts.|
|1934||Work as a freelance designer and illustrator in Zurich.|
|1937||Member of the Swiss Werkbund.|
|1938||Designed the pavilion of honor for the Swiss universities and the “Physics and Medicine” and “History of Swiss Art” sections for the 1939 National Fair.|
|1939-45||Active service as a lieutenant in the Swiss army.|
|1943||Married violinist Verena Brockmann.
Assumed the name Josef Muller-Brockmann.
|1944||Birth of son Andreas|
|1945||After the war continued to work as a designer, concentrating on exhibition design and illustration. Worked as a set designer for various theatres in Switzerland and abroad.|
|1950||Gradual move away from illustration to objective-constructive design.
First typographical posters for the Tonhalle.
Friendship with Samuel Hirschi, secretary of the Tonhalle, led to years of collaborative work (until 1972)
|1951||Member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.|
|1952-53||Left the theatre to concentrate on graphic design.
Expanded his studio.
First poster successes with “Watch that Child!” for the Swiss Automobile Club and poster series for the Zurich Tonhalle.
|1956||Spoke at the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado. Traveled to Mexico, spent some time in New York.|
|1957||Appointed graphic design teacher at the Zurich School of Arts and Krafts. Successor to Ernst Keller.|
|1958||Founded the magazine “New Graphic Design” with Richard Paul Lohse, Hans Neuburg and Carlo Vivarelli (18 issues appeared through 1965, published by Verlag Otto Walter, Olten).|
|1960||Left the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts.
Spoke at the World Design Conference in Tokyo.
|1961||Published: “The Graphic Artist and his Design Problems.”
Visiting lecturer at design schools in Tokyo and Osaka.
Returned to Europe by sea.
|1962||Advisor and designer for Rosenthal-Porzellanwerke, Selb, Germany, and consultant and designer for Max Weishaupt GmbH, Schwendi, Germany.|
|1963||Visiting lecturer at the Institute of Design in Ulm.|
|1964||Verena Brockmann killed in an accident. Several pieces of new music commissioned in her honor. Designed the “Education, Science and Research” section for the 1964 Swiss National Fair.|
|1965||Founded “Galerie 58” in Rapperswil with Eugen and Kurt Federer. Renamed “galerie seestrasse” in 1974 and run by Brockmann alone until 1990.|
|1967||Appointed consultant to IBM Europe (until 1988). Founded the Muller-Brockmann & Co advertising agency with three other partners. Advertising and design work for industrial, commercial and cultural clients. Married artist Shizuko Yoshikawa.|
|1971||Published two books “Geschichte der visuellen Kommunikation” (A History of Visual Communication). “Geschichte des Plakats” (A History of the Poster), co-author Shizuko Yoshikawa.|
|1974||Produced a sculpture for the Interkantonales Technikum in Rapperswil.|
|1976||The partners in Muller-Brockmann & Co. split up. MB continues with the agency until 1984. Consultancy and design work for clients include Olivetti, Swiss Railways, “Transatlantik” magazine, Swiss Institute for Art Research, and Kunsthaus Zurich.|
|1978-83||Jury member for the German “Gute Form” prize, Darmstadt.|
|1981||Published “Grid Systems in Graphic Design.”|
|1985||Worked on the exhibition “Sprache der Geometrie heute – Suprematismus, De Stijl und Umkreis” (The Language of Geometry Today – Suprematism, De Stijl and their Circles) in the Kunstmuseum, Bern.|
|1985||Won the Brunel Award|
|1986-93||Touring exhibition of posters in North, Central, and South America.|
|1987||Awarded the Gold Medal of the Canton of Zurich.
Won the Brunel Award
|1988||Nominated “Honourable Royal Designer for Industry” by the Royal Academy of Art, London.|
|1989||Published “Fotoplakate – Von den Anfangen bis zur Gegenwart” (Photographic Posters – From their Origins to the Present Day), co-author Karl Wobmann|
|1990||Awarded the Middleton Award of the American Center for Design, Chicago|
|1990-91||Lecture tour of the USA and Colombia|
|1993||Death of son Andreas.|
|1993||SBB (Swiss Railways) project awarded the Swiss Design Prize. Traveled to Japan and Israel.|
|1994||Touring poster exhibition in eastern Germany, including work by Shizuko Yoshikawa. Euro-Design Award, Ostend, Belgium.
Won the Brunel Award
|1995||Trip to Beijing via Kashgar, following the ancient silk route. Paper presented at the International Graphic Design Conference, Cancun, Mexico. Second journey through Mexico, visiting ancient sites.|
|1996||STD-lecture at the Royal Institute for British Architecture, London.
Honorary Member of the Brno Biennale.
Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Graphic Design, Moscow.
|1996||Died in Zurich, August 30.
The way that this man used grids should be and inspiration to every up and coming designer.