Initially conceiving this face as a competitor for Ludwig & Mayer’s Colonia, Walter Cunz at Stempel guided Hermann Zapf to the creation of this most elegant and legible of twentieth century sanserifs.
Linotype’s cautious licensing policies encouraged a number of unauthorized copies, none of which can be said to have added to the original.
Zapf Book font is the work of German designer Hermann Zapf, a blend of the characteristics of Walbaum, Melior and the contrasting weights of Bodoni.
Designer Hermann Zapf set out to create a typeface that was ideally suited to newspapers and other legibility applications. Melior is that typeface, released by the Stempel foundry in 1952.
Its straightforward but elegant design incorporates strong square serifs and condensed proportions based on the superellipse.
Named for the Renaissance Medici family of Florence and designed by Hermann Zapf for Linotype in 1974, Medici is a calligraphic typeface that simulates the look of a broad-edged pen on rough paper.
It is considered a precursor to Zapfs work for the ITC Zapf Chancery series.
The Zapf Renaissance Antiqua type family was designed by Hermann Zapf for the German Scangraphic Dr. Böger GmbH in Hamburg, from 1984–1986. The typefaces were engineered for use in digital CRT phototypesetting.
This version was based on Scangraphic SH version (For Display use) and not on the SB version (for text use).
Kompakt is one of the early typefaces of type designer Hermann Zapf, whose Palatino has long been a standard in almost every area of application. Kompakt consists of a single weight and was designed in 1952, two years after Palatino. It was produced by the foundry D. Stempel AG in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where Zapf was at the time in the artistic department. The figures of this extremely strong and heavy typeface are decidedly those of a broad tipped pen. When enlarged, the sharp outlines of the characters can be clearly seen.
The unique dynamic of the alphabet is a result of its strong serifs, which on the lower case letters almost connect the letters in a line. Together with the slight slant to the right, this gives Kompakt the character of handwriting, making it look like it is always striving to go forward. Kompakt is an excellent choice for advertisements, especially for posters which should display a hint of nostalgia, and should be used only in headlines.
A clear and enjoyable reading experience hinges on the legibility of text copy, especially when reading on screen. This is why Monotype has developed the eText collection of fonts specifically tailored for the text-heavy display environments of e-readers, tablets, mobile devices, and the Web.
Hermann Zapf made his first sketches for Orion in 1963.
Zapf’s aim was to create a neutral textface which can be ideally used as a newspaper face. Its stroke thickness and open letterforms also fit well for book and magazine production.