Hugely influential Austrian artist, designer, theoretician and teacher. He joined the Bauhaus in Weimar as a student in 1921. As a teacher he was primarily responsible for the geometric, asymmetric style we now know as Bauhaus’. Bayer drew the Universal Alphabet that so influenced Paul Renner, among others. He fled Nazi Germany in 1938, where it had become impossible to continue work (the Bauhaus had been forced to shut down in 1933), moving to New York. He lived in the US until his death in 1985.