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Baskerville John

Baskerville John

Until recently the story of his type face ended with mediocre digital versions, which did not get at the root of its inspiration. Our pursuit of this paramount body type face of the 20th century began in Nové Hrady Castle, the place where a part of the depository of old prints of the National Museum Library is kept, in the summer of 1999. Thanks to the understanding of the librarian Petr Mašek we were allowed to study and photograph four rare volumes from Baskerville's printing office, dating from about 1760. We se…

Jannon Jean

Jannon Jean

The engraver Jean Jannon ranks among the significant representatives of French typography of the first half of the 17th century. He was born in 1580, apparently in Switzerland. He trained as punch-cutter in Paris. From 1610 he worked in the printing office of the Calvinist Academy in Sedan, where he was awarded the title "Imprimeur de son Excellence et de l'Academie Sédanoise". He began working on his own alphabet in 1615, so that he would not have to order type for his printing office from Paris, Holland and Germa…

Karlas Otakar

Karlas Otakar

born 26th of December, 1956 in Prague. Studies: Secondary School of Printing in Prague, dpt. of design for print, 1972-1976; Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague; (specialised studio of book culture and typography, professor Milan Hegar, 1976-1982). The artwork of Otakar Karlas is based on type: it is unique thanks to the respect and tribute it pays to the homage of Czech typography. His style is precise, well-planned, economical, and modest. His implemented works stand out by their concentrated f…

Kleinbauerová Yvonna

Kleinbauerová Yvonna

Yvonna graduated from the University of Economics in Prague. She worked as financial analyst and financial director in international companies before she joins our team. Nowadays Yvonna works as economic advisor and accountant for a few freelancers.

Koch Rudolf

Koch Rudolf

Rudolf Koch's contribution to modern typography could be regarded as celebration of good old calligraphic school, comparable to Oldřich Menhart's or Herrmann Zapf's approach. He's the author of one of the most beautiful blackletter typefaces, the feather-light "Frühling". Since it was never published in digital form, we took the liberty to draw our own paraphrase, adapted to computer technology, including numerous swashes, ligatures and alternates as OpenType functions. We could work without respect to metal li…

Pistora Marek

Pistora Marek

Studied at the dept. of typography of prof. Jan Solpera at Prague's AAAD (1994-2000), earned experiences in czech magazines (Živel, Navigátor, Reflex). Graphic designer and typographer. Marek is a co-author of Metron family redesign. www.pistora.net

Preissig Vojtěch

Preissig Vojtěch

Accomplished Czech graphic designer, painter, illustrator, typographer and teacher. Vojtěch Preissig was born on the 31st of July, 1873, in Světec near Bílina. In Prague, he studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, after finishing his studies in a specialised studio of decorative architecture directed by Professor Bedřich Ohmann, he left for Paris, where he worked as an apprentice in Alfons Mucha’s studio. He also studied the technique of colour etching and copperplate engraving with Emile Delaun…

Rathouský Jiří

Rathouský Jiří

Jiří Rathouský se narodil se 20. dubna 1924 v Praze. Grafický designér a typograf, který se věnoval široké škále výtvarných disciplín – knižní grafice, tvorbě firemní identity a vizuálního stylu významných českých podniků a institucí, informačnímu designu rozsáhlých projektů s celospolečenskou působností, výtvarným návrhům plakátů muzeí a divadel i  poštovních známek. Jako tvůrce písma pro své projekty navrhl a zrealizoval několik autorských písem, které se se staly originálním vkladem do historie české typografické …

Solpera Jan

Solpera Jan

Born 1939 in Jindřichův Hradec. Studied at the Art School in Prague (1954-58) and at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (1959-1965); at the latter institution he taught from 1973 to 2003. The focus of his work as a designer is on lettering, which to him is not only a means to express a verbal message, but also the most effective artistic-emotive element. His activities encompass graphic design, book graphics, posters, logotypes, graphics in architecture and stamp design. He designs typefaces and…

Štorm František

Štorm František

Born: 1966 Studies: 1985-91 The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, prof. Jan Solpera Teching: 1991-95 assistant of prof. Jan Solpera at the Type & Typography studio, AAAD Prague, and also in 2002-03. 2003 - 2008 head of Type & Typography studio, The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague Business: 1993-4 founded Storm Type Foundry 2004 opened the first Czech online font shop www.stormtype.com Glory and exhibitions: During his creative career he received several internation…

Týfa Josef

Týfa Josef

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 hun…

Vaněk Rostislav

Vaněk Rostislav

Rostislav Vaněk (1945), typographer and graphic designer, who has worked in nearly all fields of graphic design. He worked on logos, posters, books, exhibitions, large visual communication projects (Prague Metro), corporate identity and post stamps. After finishing a degree at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in 1969, he worked there in 1970-1977 as an assistant in the Graphic Design studio. In 1977-1984, he was the head of the art desk of the Československý spisovatel publishing house. Apart …

Walbaum Justus Erich

Walbaum Justus Erich

The lack of emotions gave rise to desperate Romanticism, which did not manifest itself in book typography at all, as if the division of work in art had marked the industrial revolution. At the same time, at the beginning of the 19th century, when Caspar David Friedrich paints his snow-covered graves with forked, mutilated trees, Justus Erich Walbaum sits quietly in his Weimar workshop, establishing the German branch of Neo-classical typography. Beside Didot and Bodoni, Walbaum seems to stand rather on the margin of…