Graphis Master: Melchior Imboden Drew Inspiration From Travel and Is Paying It Forward

The celebrated Swiss poster designer and photographer has lectured in more than 20 countries.

Block letters filled with bold color gradient, arranged on various linear planes attract the eye and force the viewer of each poster to alter their point of view. Simplicity and emotional cultural content draw you into his photography. The collected works of Melchior Imboden have made a major impact on both disciplines all over the globe.
Melchior Imboden was born in Stans, Switzerland. He produced his first photographic works in 1980 during his travels through the Mediterranean before completing his studies in Interior Design. It was also during this time that his interest in graphic design and typography were piqued, prompting him to study graphic design at the Art School in Lucerne.
Melchior Imboden often drew inspiration from his travels. In 1991, time spent in South America yielded a collection of black-and-white photographs, some of which earned permanent collection spots in Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

Since 1992, Imboden has worked as an independent graphic designer and photographer in Switzerland and overseas. Over the course of his career, his posters received numerous national and international awards and from 2006 to 2010 he served as the President of Alliance Graphique Internationale Switzerland.
Today, Imboden teaches courses in arts, graphic design and photography and has guest lectured in cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Beijing, Shanghai, Kyoto, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Chaumont, Besançon, Brno, Krakow and Tehran. His thoughts on design are just as in demand as the designs themselves. It seems that Imboden has entered an age of giving back to the design community and we are honored to call him a Graphis Master.