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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.

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

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Palatino® Palatino®
Palatino® Palatino®
Palatino® Palatino®
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Optima™ Optima™
Optima™ Optima™
Optima™ Optima™
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Palatino® Palatino®
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Linotype Zapfino® Linotype Zapfino®
Linotype Zapfino® Linotype Zapfino®
Linotype Zapfino® Linotype Zapfino®

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URW Grotesk™ URW Grotesk™

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ITC Zapf Dingbats® ITC Zapf Dingbats®
ITC Zapf Dingbats® ITC Zapf Dingbats®

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Optima™ Optima™
Optima™ Optima™
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Zapf Humanist 601 BT Zapf Humanist 601 BT

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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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Melior® Melior®
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Aldus® Aldus®
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Aldus® Aldus®

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URW Classico™ URW Classico™
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Melior® Melior®
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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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ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®
ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®
ITC Zapf Chancery® ITC Zapf Chancery®

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Aldus® Aldus®
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Medici Script® Medici Script®
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Medici Script® Medici Script®
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URW Antiqua™ URW Antiqua™

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Sistina® Sistina®

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Optima Cyrillic™ Optima Cyrillic™
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Optima Cyrillic™ Optima Cyrillic™
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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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Kompakt™ Kompakt™
Kompakt™ Kompakt™
Kompakt™ Kompakt™
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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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ITC Zapf International® ITC Zapf International®
ITC Zapf International® ITC Zapf International®
ITC Zapf International® ITC Zapf International®
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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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Saphir™ Saphir™
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Medici Script® Medici Script®
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Palatino® eText Palatino® eText
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Optima nova® Optima nova®
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Optima nova® Optima nova®