Hermann Zapf

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Sydde, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. Sydde macrumors 68020

    Sydde

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    The, um, iconic, type designer has passed on at age 96.

    (I am kind of ashamed to admit I was surprised he had still been around.)
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    You can blame Microsoft for that one. :mad:

    Back to the original post - never realised this designer's influence, although I heard his name in passing. Sad to see that one of the pioneers of a fading human skill has passed away.
     
  4. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    Legend. RIP. Palatino and Optima are so ubiquitous these days.

    I don't know what's so bizarre about Zapf Dingbats. It's proven to be a very useful design resource over the decades.

    I also take exception to the notion that typeface design is a "fading human skill". There are plenty of talented type designers producing new work today. Perhaps now that the field is so open and accessible to more people thanks to digital tools, the odds of a type designer becoming as well-known as Zapf are a bit lessened.
     
  5. jweinraub macrumors 6502

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    My design professor hated Optima and he spoke ill of anyone that used it for some reason. He said it really wasn't a sans-serif, it was a cross that it didn't know what it wanted to be. Anyway, Palatino I liked and never knew though he made either one. Also, his name is spelt Hermann.
     

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