A twentieth century modern face commissioned by Stempel and designed by Hermann Zapf in 1952; it is based on his thoughts about the squared-off circle known as the super-ellipse. The type was originally intended as a newspaper text face by Linotype. Its popularity can be judged by the number of unauthorized copies encouraged by Linotype’s restrictive licensing policies.
Linotype Zapf Essentials is the modernized version of Zapf Dingbats and was also designed by Hermann Zapf himself. Over 372 characters and symbols are included within six fonts and make life a little more communicative, a little more informative, and a lot more interesting. The fonts contain symbols for both professional and everyday uses. With their markers, ornaments and arrows they are informative as well as versatile, timeless and lively.
Drawn by master German calligrapher Hermann Zapf in the 1970s, Noris Script captures the magic of the irregularities of pen strokes.
The idea behind Noris Script was to bring the spontaneity of a quick handwritten script using a broad-edged pen into the modern typesetting environment.
Marconi was created by Hermann Zapf in 1973. Zapf’s design was developed as a text face for books and magazines. The round forms of the Marconi follow the principle of the superellipse. The lowercase letters are enlarged as the result of reading tests, while the capital letters are slightly reduced. The 8-point size — normally used for newspapers — looks more like 9 1/2 points.
The design for Aurelia is based on the forms of Jenson, an Old Style typeface developed by Nicolas Jenson in 1470 which still influences type design today. Zapf gave Aurelia a bit of his own personal style and adapted it to the demands of modern technology. The family of typefaces was originally designed for use with the typesetting machines produced by the German company Dr.-Ing Rudolf Hell GmbH which was later merged with Linotype. The name Aurelia is a nod to the Roman emperor Aurelianus (214–275), who built the Via Aurelia in Italy.
Aurelia is a robust and classic font, suitable for both text and headlines.
Venture Script reflects Hermann Zapf’s handwriting.
It was originally written with a Japanese feltpen. And like with Zapf’s typeface Noris Script he wanted to preserve the rough outline of the handwritten form in the final drawings.