Animated posters bring iconic Swiss design to life

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Detroit-based interactive designer Jon Yablonski (opens in new tab) has brought eight classic Swiss-style posters to life in an animated side-project, Swiss in CSS (opens in new tab).

Created in homage to the designers who pioneered the influential International Typographic Style, Swiss in CSS adds a new dimension to each iconic poster by animating key design elements.

"I was seeking an opportunity to flex my front-end development skills outside of the constraints of a client project, specially in regards to CSS animations and JavaScript without leaning on libraries," explains Yablonski, who works by day as a senior design lead at digital company Vectorform (opens in new tab).

Josef Müller-Brockman's Zürich Tonhalle / 1955 poster is the first that Jon Yablonski recreated in the series

Josef Müller-Brockman's Zürich Tonhalle / 1955 poster is the first that Jon Yablonski recreated in the series

The most challenging part of the Swiss in CSS project involved figuring out how to structure the more complex posters and then sync the animations. In particular, he says, the CBC Annual Report poster (opens in new tab) proved problematic because there were so many layers.

"The solution for each poster was the same," Yablonski says. "Break the poster into smaller parts, take one step at a time recreating the layers, then experiment with different keyframe animations, timing-functions, and durations until it all feels right."

You can see more of Yablonski's work on his website (opens in new tab).

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Julia Sagar
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Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.