Urs Lehni: Book Works / Books Work

Graphic designer and publisher Urs Lehni of Rollo Press shares inspiring new book forms at the SF Art Book Fair.

Event Details


Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco, California 94107 United States


July 22, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



In this short talk, graphic designer and publisher Urs Lehni of Rollo Press will present a number of books (new and old) that he likes and will explore the reasons why they work as books as well as works. Urs founded Rollo Press as a publishing project in Zürich at the end of 2007, more or less accidentally after purchasing a risograph from eBay. Since then, roughly 50 titles have been published under the imprint. A big part of the catalogue is distributed internationally by Idea Books in Amsterdam.

The 2017 SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications. This event is free and open to the public and will feature artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples.


4-5pm (Lounge area): Urs Lehni of ROLLO Press: Book Works / Books Work, presented by Swissnex SF and Pro Helvetia.

Urs will be present at a booth for the duration of the fair from July 21-July 23. More info at sfartbookfair.com.


Urs LehniUrs Lehni graduated from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts with a diploma in graphic design in 1999, and in 2006 attended the post academic research program at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He runs the graphic design studio Lehni-Trueb with partner Lex Trueb, founded in 2005. Besides working for clients mainly in the field of art and culture, he often follows self-initiated projects, such as www.vectorama.org (with Jürg Lehni and Rafael Koch, 2000), Our Magazine (with Melanie Hofmann and Nick Widmer, 2002) and more recently the printing and publishing venture Rollo Press (2008). In 2008 Lehni co-initiated Corner College, a non-commercial project space focusing on pseudo-academic happenings such as lectures, presentations, workshops and movie screenings. He lectures regularly at Universities both in Switzerland and abroad and was working a a Professor at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe, Germany, between 2010 and 2017. He was appointed critic in graphic design at Yale in 2013.

Photo: Work by Wesley Willis, courtesy Urs Lehni/Rollo Press.