Yves Zimmermann (Basel 1937-Barcelona 2021). On 4 July 2021, the designer Yves Zimmermann, recognized as one of the great masters of peninsular and international graphics (winner of the 1995 National Design Award), passed away in Barcelona. Trained at the prestigious Basel School, he arrived in Barcelona in 1961 at a founding moment for the profession and Barcelona design institutions, on which he stamped his very unique character. He quickly began to work at the Elisava School and to collaborate with the prestigious Gráficas Casamajó printing company. He opened his first solo studio in 1968; in 1975 he created “Integral Design” with André Ricard, with whom he would design memorable packaging for the Puig colognes. Finally, in 1988 he opened “Zimmerman Asociados” studio with Anna Alavedra, with the aim of specializing in corporate image and packaging projects. Among others, it had as clients the Barcelona Airport, Artel, Bank of Spain, Carolina Herrera, Círculo de Lectores and Victorio & Lucchino. Zimmerman was also a complete intellectual, a polyglot who was very interested in culture. He also collaborated closely with the Gustavo Gili publishing house in the direction and design of the “Diseño” collection, thanks to which, in the 80s and 90s, we came to know German-speaking authors such as Aicher , Löbach or Bürdek. Zimmerman brought rigor and methodology to Catalan design. By always following his maxim “Design is to communicate the essence of things”, he was able to combine Germanic austerity with the chromatic joy of the Mediterranean. When he left the profession for health reasons, he gave all his voluminous work to the Design Museum.