Jan Tschichold

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Jan Tschichold was a German typographer who made use of both modern and classical fonts. He was born in Leipzig, Germany, on April 2, 1902 and died in Locarno, Switzerland, on August 11, 1974.

Among his major achievements is the redesigning of Penguin Books in 1945.

Fonts designed by Tschichold include:

  • Transit (1931)
  • Saskia (1931)
  • Zeus (1931)
  • Sabon (1967) - [1]

Between 1926 and 1929, he designed a "universal alphabet" to clean up the few multigraphs and non-phonetic spellings in the German language. For example, he devised new characters to replace the multigraphs "ch" and "sch". His intentions were to change the spelling by systematically replacing "eu" with "oi", "w" with "v", and "z" with "ts". Long vowels were indicated by a macron below them, though the umlaut was still above. The alphabet was presented in one typeface, which was sans-serif and without capital letters.

Bibliography

  • Schriften: 1925 - 1974 Band 1/2. Berlin, 1992
  • Die neue Typographie, Ein Handbuch f�r zeitgem�ss Schaffende, Berlin, Verlag des Bildungsverbandes der Deutschen Buchdrucker, 1928
  • Typografische Entwurfstechnik, Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Dr Fritz Wedekind & Co., 1932
  • Ausgew�hlte Aufs�tze �ber Fragen der Gestalt des Buches und der Typographie, 1948
  • Schatzkammer der Schreibkunst, Basel, 2. Aufl. 1949
  • Meisterbuch der Schrift. Ein Lehrbuch mit vorbildlichen Schriften aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart f�r Schriftenmaler, Graphiker, Bildhauer, Graveure, Lithographen, Verlagshersteller, Buchdrucker, Architekten und Kunstschulen, Ravensburg, 1952, 2. Aufl. 1965
  • Geschichte der Schrift in Bildern, Hamburg, 4. Aufl. 1961

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