After completing an apprenticeship as an engraver, Daniel Lanz spent 20 years carving letterforms and contours into metal. A second apprenticeship in typographic design – with intensive study of works by Gill, Meier, and Frutiger – considerably depend his interest in the forms and effects of typography.
Digitizing hand-drawn sketches into the skeletal forms of the alphabet, Lanz began developing various ideas for broader typeface designs. His work on Diverda™ for Linotype began 2002. An initial sans serif design developed into a full-fledged family over the next two years.
In 2006 he founded Lafonts with new typefaces by himself and other designers.