Team’77 is the design partnership of André Gürtler, Christian Mengelt & Erich Gschwind. Involved in typeface design for more than 40 years for a range of international clients and foundries, they have recently been awarded the Swiss Grand Award for Design for their outstanding achievement in typography: Alpin Gothic, Cyrillic Gothic, Avant Garde Gothic Oblique, Media, Signa and Unica77.
André Gürtler studied typographic design at the Basel School of Design with Emil Ruder. Letterer for the Monotype Corporation in Salfords in 1959, Gürtler worked with Adrian Frutiger at Debergny & Peignot in Paris between 1956 and 1965. Since then he has been teaching at the Basel School of Design until 2000. Gürtler was founder of the ATypI committee for research and education, and member of the staff of the "Typografische Monatsblätter" magazine.
Christian Mengelt studied graphic design at the Basel School of Design with Armin Hofmann. He collaborated with Karl Gerstner on projects such as Gerstner Programm or Swissair Futura. From 1972 to 2001 he taught type and graphic design at the Basel School of Design and was head of the Fachklasse since 1986. Mengelt has been guest lecturer at different seminars and schools in Europe, USA and Mexico.
Erich Gschwind trained as a compositor and then studied typography and book printing at the Basel School of Design with Emil Ruder. Thereafter, he worked as a typographic designer in various printing houses and was responsible for corporate design at the medical science publisher S. Karger AG in Basel, for which he designed numerous scientific publications.