De Gruyter Saur, 2016,
First Edition. large octavo, boards. 518 pp. De Gruyter Saur, Item #30533
Text in German. Hermann Zapf (1918-2015) is considered to be one of the most important type designers, calligraphers and typographers of the 20th century. His work spans more than seven decades, during which he has presented typeface classics such as Palatino, Optima and Zapfino. In addition, Zapf worked as a book designer, consultant, lecturer, entrepreneur, artist and activist on copyright issues. The present study approaches this work on the basis of the extensive archives of the designer kept in the Herzog August Bibliothek. The research is guided by a field theoretical concept of design, which raises questions about design techniques and the influence of typesetting technologies, but also about the development of Zapf's reputation and the development of his network of relationships. By locating Zapf in the context of his contemporaries, this biography throws a spotlight on the typography of the second half of the 20th century. With 170 black and white and 10 color illustrations. New.