Walter was born March 9, 1923 in Zürich, Switzerland, served an apprenticeship as designer/ lithographer with the publishing house Orell Füssli AG, and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich.
After travelling and working throughout Europe he continued his studies in London in 1950, where he also practiced freelance design and consulting. 1960–68 he taught graphic design and photography at the London College of Printing and Graphic Art.
In 1968 he was invited as Visiting Professor to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where he was instrumental in establishing the Division of Visual Communication Design and where he subsequently was promoted to Professor.
Walter Jungkind initiated and co-designed with his colleagues a number of international design exhibitions at the University, among them Intergraphic; Dutch Design for Government Institutions; Language made visible; Book design in Switzerland and Swiss Museum Posters; and he provided the concept for the exhibition Graphic Design for Public Service at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Zürich in 1977. In 1979 he produced and hosted a series of five television programs on Language made visible for CTV/ the national University of the Air.
His teaching/design practice focussed on exhibition design, visual identity and typographic design and on photography for design. He established design guides for the university and its publications. Jungkind was commissioned by Parks Canada to produce, with his students, a series of interpretation posters and a mural and initiated an international poster competition for the Universiade 83.
He was on the organizing committee of the international conference on Design for Need at the Royal College of Art in London, England, in 1975.
In 1976 he served as a jury member of the Warsaw Poster Biennale and for the Canadian National Look of Books Awards. Beside contributions to international design magazines he wrote the entry on Graphic design for the first (1986) edition of The Canadian Encyclopedia for Hurtig Publishers. He is featured in the international Who’s Who in Graphic Arts, volume 2, De Clivo Verlag, Zürich, 1986.
Walter Jungkind initiated and chaired the organizing committee of the Icograda Edugraphic 75 conference at the University of Alberta, which was the first international conference on design education in North America
1974–77 Walter Jungkind served as president of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (icograda), and for many years served as Canadian delegate to ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale). As president of Icograda he was invited to bring fraternal greetings to the ICSID (International Council of Industrial Design) congress in Moscow in 1976. He provided the theme and structure for the 1979 Icograda congress in Zürich and Lausanne.
In 1981 he was on the organizing committee and represented Icograda at the congress on Design Evaluation in Chicago. In 1981 he made a presentation to the joint ICSID/Icograda/IFI congress in Helsinki, Finland. In 2000 he was an honourary guest at the first Icograda congress in South East Asia in Seoul, Korea. Walter Jungkind was a founding member of the Society of Graphic Designers in Canada, first serving as chairman of the Education Committee, and subsequently three years as its President.
Among his honours are the Icograda Award for Design in the Educational Field, Vienna 1972, the Medal of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1976, an Award of Excellence from the Type Director’s Club of New York in 1979, the Chairman’s Award of Merit of the National Design Council of Canada 1979 and a Citation of Merit from the Chairman of the National Design Council in 1982. He served several years as Chairman of the Canadian Advisory Committee on International Signs and Symbols of the Standards Council of Canada and as Canadian delegate to the International Standards Organization (ISO) in Geneva. In the fall of 2012 Walter was nominated by the GDC National Executive and was awarded the prestigious Icograda Achievement Award.
Walter Jungkind is not only a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada he is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers of Great Britain.
Walter passed away August 29, 2013.