Týfa JosefCzech Republic * 1913 † 2007

Týfa Josef
foto © Radana Lencová 2005

In terms of type design experience, Josef Týfa was self-trained. As inspirative sources he indicated Jaroslav Benda, modern graphic design and architecture. After his studies at school of advertising he worked for various export companies in Prague as commercial designer, and contributed significantly to cultivation of corporate style in 50s and 60s. In the half of 60s he focuses more on type design and wins several contests announced by state type foundry Grafotechna. Throughout his whole career Týfa designed hundreds of books. After the success of Týfova Antikva, Academia and Juvenis, he occupies himself with type design with full emphasis up to his last days. Although familiar with traditional requirements on metal type, he enjoyed digital technology quickly, and adjusted his old designs to a more contemporary look. His professional approach and friendly attitude enriched many generations of graphic designers.