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The broad-nib pen in German design education from 1900 to 1914

When Sat 12 Oct 1530
Where Krasnapolsky A
What Place and design
Who Daniel Reynolds

Although Germany had the most thriving typefounding industry on mainland Europe in 1900, the making of letterforms was not part of their typical design education. This changed by the 1920s, when courses on calligraphy or lettering were part of almost every academy or trade school’s curriculum. While much impetus was provided by the work of William Morris and Edward Johnston in England, the changes would not have been implemented without designer–educators like Peter Behrens, F.H. Ehmcke, Rudolf von Larisch and Anna Simons. As with Johnston’s method, the broad-nib pen was the preferred instrument in most of cases. This paper shall track the spread of the broad-nib pen in German design education during the years leading up to the First World War, as well as its results in German type foundry output from the same period.

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