Celestino Piatti was born in 1922 near Zurich. The trained graphic artist gained notoriety thanks to over 6,300 book titles, which he designed from 1961 for the dtv publishing house. In addition, Piatti also designed posters, stamps and iron sculptures and worked as a writer and caricaturist. His work has received several awards. In 2007, Piatti died at the age of 85 in Basel.