Remembering Hermann Zapf
Legendary type designer, calligrapher and gentleman professor Hermann Zapf died on June 4th, 2015. He was 96 years old. He is survived by his wife, Gudrun Zapf‐von Hesse, a noted book binder, calligrapher and also a type designer (Diotima).
A few of Zapf’s many typefaces: Palatino, Optima, ITC Zapf Chancery, ITC Zapf Dingbats, Zapfino, Renaissance Antiqua, Aldus, Melior, Hunt Roman, and Zapf International.
Zapf has been remembered well in a number of places:
- Adam Twardoch on TypeDrawers
- NY Times obituary
- Remembering Hermann Zapf from MyFonts (interviews with Zapf collaborators)
- Zapf’s life story from Linotype
- Brian Sooy
- The Guardian on Zapf and his dingbats
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