Born April 25, in Engelberg, Switzerland.
Studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Geneva.
Worked with A.M. Cassandre on poster design and Le Corbusier on architecture and displays for exhibits in Paris.
Designed family-owned Tea Room in Engelberg, inspired by the Bauhaus.
Sent back to Zurich by french immigration for lack of proper papers. Worked as photographer and designer on brochures and posters for the Swiss Tourist Office using the new photomontage technique.
Traveled to the United States in December photographed the US tour of dance troupe Trudi Schoop. Decided to stay in New York City.
Worked as freelance photographer at Harper's Bazaar for art director Alexey Brodovitch.
Appointed designer for the Swiss National Pavilion in collaboration with Swiss architect William Lescaze, for the 1939 World's Fair in New York.
Marriage to Mercedes Carles. Started working on posters and advertisements for the Container Corporation of America (CCA).
Son Alexander Matter born.
First one-man exhibition of photography, Pierre Matisse Gallery, NY
Worked with Charles and Ray Eames in Venice, California.
Designed covers and layouts for John Entenza's arts & architecture magazine.
Returned to New York. Began twenty-year relationship with furniture company Knoll Associates as design- and advertising consultant.
Worked as staff photographer for Condé Nast Publications.
Designed In and Out of Focus, photography exhibition for the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Matter's work included in the show.
Directed, filmed and edited The Works of Calder for the Museum of Modern Art, the first color film about Alexander Calder. Featuring Calder, Alex Matter and a film-score composed by John Cage.
Collaborated, filmed and edited black and white dance films The Spirit Moves and Dancing with Mura Dehn.
Appointed visiting critic in photography, Yale University, School of Art and Architecture, New Haven, CT by Alvin Eisenman.
1952-1955Appointed design consultant to the New Haven Railroad (NHRR). Created comprehensive design program and corporate identity.
1953-1968Appointed design consultant to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Responsible for publications and signage.
1955Created symbol and styling design program for the Boston and Maine Railroad.
Completed design for the photo mural History of Writing for Marcel Breuer designed public library, Grosse Pointe, MI.
Honored by membership in the prestigious Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), Zürich/Switzerland.
1958Designed mural for the fifth floor reception of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed Seagram building in New York.
1960-1979Developed photographic essay on the works of Alberto Giacometti.
Design consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
Appointed Professor of Graphic Design, Yale University, School of Art and Architecture.
Comprehensive exhibition of Matter's photography and graphic design work at the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), NY.
Produced and directed ten 30 minute educational films titled the World Games on R. Buckminster Fuller.
Appointed Professor Emeritus of Graphic Design and Photography, Yale University, School of Art and Architecture.
1977Elected to Art Director's Club of New York, Hall of Fame.
Exhibition, Herbert Matter - a retrospective, Yale University, Art and Architecture gallery.
Exhibition of photography, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland.
1982Elected Royal Designer to Industry, by Royal Society of Designers to Industry, London, England.
Received American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Gold Medal for Life Achievement.
May his legend prosper and thrive, we wish it a long and happy life!
Publication of book Alberto Giacometti based on Matter's extensive specifications and design.
Exhibition of Matter's early European work, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland. Release of book Sehformen der Zeit on the same topic.
Exhibition The Graphic Design of Herbert Matter, Museum of Modern Art, NY
2005Exhibition Herbert Matter, Modernist Photography and Graphic Design at Stanford University Libraries, CA.
Pollock Matters, Exhibition at McMullen Museum of Art Boston College, MA.
Release of documentary film "The Visual Language of Herbert Matter" written and directed by Reto Caduff.