Berthold’s patented type designs, 1900–1907 and 1921–1931
26 August 2022 | 3:07 pm

In June, on my way to the Historical Archive at the Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin, an art historian sent me a message about a hand­written notebook that might have some information about Berthold’s patented type designs. After consulting it, I found that it did include details for many of the company’s design-patent registrations and several […]

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Hildegard Henning’s Belladonna typeface (1912)
26 August 2022 | 6:25 am

A few times a year, I’ll get an e-mail asking for information about Belladonna. It is generally considered the first German typeface attributed to a woman. The Julius Klinkhardt typefoundry in Leipzig published Hildegard Henning’s design around 1912. Indra Kupferschmid mentions it in an Alphabettes post, First/early female typeface designers. Below, you can read what I’m currently able […]

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How old is the specimen? And the typeface?
23 August 2022 | 7:00 am

Between April 2020 and June 2022, I participated in a type specimen digitization project. Several public institutions in Berlin joined forces to photograph each page of every type specimen in their collections produced by Berlin-based type-making companies between the 1790s and 1951. Together with Christian Mathieu, I prepared an English-language summary of the project for […]

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