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Hermann Zapf

Contemporary German calligrapher, teacher, book designer and type designer associated with Stempel, Linotype, Hell, ITC, and Bitstream.

It was in 1935 that Zapf started on his course to becoming one of the 20th century’s most significant type designers and calligraphers by buying writing manuals of Rudolf Koch and Edward Johnston, and teaching himself. In 1938 he worked at the workshop of Paul Koch in Frankfurt, learning about punchcutting and other techniques of fine printing. He joined Stempel later that year, alongside the punchcutter August Rosenberger. He began to design type for them the next year. During World War II Zapf was a cartographer.

Zapf has designed some of the 20th century’s most important fonts, including Palatino and Optima. He recently worked with David Siegel, Apple, and Linotype to create Zapfino, a font of his calligraphic handwriting; special features enable it to adapt itself to the text it is displaying.

He was married to Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, also a calligrapher and type designer.

In-depth interview

MyFonts Creative Characters: Hermann Zapf in Memoriam (June 2015)

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26 font styles from $49.00
Optima™ Optima™
Optima™ Optima™
Optima™ Optima™
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24 font styles from $49.00
Palatino® Palatino®
Palatino® Palatino®
Palatino® Palatino®
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8 font styles from $49.00
ITC Zapf International® ITC Zapf International®
ITC Zapf International® ITC Zapf International®
ITC Zapf International® ITC Zapf International®
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8 font styles from $29.00
Zapf Humanist 601 BT Zapf Humanist 601 BT
Zapf Humanist 601 BT Zapf Humanist 601 BT
Zapf Humanist 601 BT Zapf Humanist 601 BT
by URW++
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URW Grotesk™ URW Grotesk™
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Melior® Melior®
Melior® Melior®
Melior® Melior®
by Adobe
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ITC Zapf Dingbats® ITC Zapf Dingbats®
ITC Zapf Dingbats® ITC Zapf Dingbats®
by Adobe
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Melior® Melior®
by Adobe
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12 font styles from $49.00
Optima™ Optima™
Optima™ Optima™
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Aldus® Aldus®
Aldus® Aldus®
Aldus® Aldus®
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Optima Cyrillic™ Optima Cyrillic™
Optima Cyrillic™ Optima Cyrillic™
Optima Cyrillic™ Optima Cyrillic™
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Linotype Zapfino® Linotype Zapfino®
Linotype Zapfino® Linotype Zapfino®
Linotype Zapfino® Linotype Zapfino®
by ITC
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ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®
ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®
ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®
by URW++
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URW Antiqua™ URW Antiqua™
by Adobe
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ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®
ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®
ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®
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URW Classico™ URW Classico™
by ITC
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ITC Zapf Dingbats® ITC Zapf Dingbats®
ITC Zapf Dingbats® ITC Zapf Dingbats®
ITC Zapf Dingbats® ITC Zapf Dingbats®
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Palatino® Palatino®
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URW Palladio™ URW Palladio™
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Medici Script® Medici Script®
Medici Script® Medici Script®
Medici Script® Medici Script®
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ITC Zapf Book® ITC Zapf Book®
ITC Zapf Book® ITC Zapf Book®
ITC Zapf Book® ITC Zapf Book®
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Saphir™ Saphir™
Saphir™ Saphir™
Saphir™ Saphir™
by Adobe
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Medici Script® Medici Script®
by Adobe
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Aldus® Aldus®
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Kompakt™ Kompakt™
Kompakt™ Kompakt™
Kompakt™ Kompakt™
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by ITC
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ITC Zapf Book® ITC Zapf Book®
ITC Zapf Book® ITC Zapf Book®
ITC Zapf Book® ITC Zapf Book®
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Zapf Renaissance Antiqua SB™ Zapf Renaissance Antiqua SB™
Zapf Renaissance Antiqua SB™ Zapf Renaissance Antiqua SB™
Zapf Renaissance Antiqua SB™ Zapf Renaissance Antiqua SB™
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by ITC
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by Adobe
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Sistina® Sistina®
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Palatino® eText Palatino® eText
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Optima Nova® Optima Nova®
Optima Nova® Optima Nova®
Optima Nova® Optima Nova®