Video: Melanie Hofmann, Zürich
Schnitt: Vera Kovac/Melanie Hofmann
Musik: Vincent Devaud

Gilles Gavillet and David Rust

Graphic designer, Geneva and Lausanne

Gilles Gav­il­let and David Rust founded their firm, Gav­il­let&Rust, in 2001. They work pri­mar­ily in the field of cul­ture, spe­cial­is­ing in ed­i­to­r­ial de­sign and cor­po­rate iden­tity. Since 2004, the two de­sign­ers have worked closely with the art book pub­lisher JRP|Ringier, de­sign­ing the newly-founded pub­lish­ing house's vi­sual con­cept and cre­at­ing the pa­ra­me­ters for a num­ber of book se­ries. Their fur­ther pro­jects have in­cluded cre­at­ing the cor­po­rate iden­tity for last year's Venice Bi­en­nale and a brand iden­tity for Jay-Z‘s com­pany Roc Na­tion.
With their Op­timo dig­i­tal type foundry, they have added a fur­ther string to their bow: the de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing of type­faces. In their ca­pac­ity as ty­pog­ra­phers, they are among the most promi­nent Swiss ex­po­nents of con­tem­po­rary type­face de­sign. The Swiss Con­fed­er­a­tion is ho­n­our­ing Gilles Gav­il­let and David Rust for their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to Swiss graphic de­sign on the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level.