Germany, the nineteen fifties. A manic nation. Wirtschaftswunder. Don’t look back, look ahead! Twenty-three-year-old graphic designer Klaus Bürgle looked ahead. Way ahead. And visualized the future he hoped for in large cover folds for Das Neue Universum, a german annual youth magazine about science, fiction and progress. He designed a busy world always in commute. One that works together. A united world that invents incredible technologies, machines and vehicles for the progress of all mankind. You had to be crazy to destroy all that for something so silly like an ideology or natural resources. Naive. Yes, very. Pure escapism. To the moon. To the stars. To galaxies far, far away. Full of hope, color and functionality.
Long before science & fiction became a popular genre and painted visions about things to come turned dark and dystopian (Syd Mead/Bladerunner, HR Giger/Alien) he used his art to reverse engineer the minds of german youth and infuse it with something positive. Klaus Bürgle passed away last summer.