Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

AlfRodchenko

Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

Paul RENNER

1876-1956

Typeface

FUTURA

Paul Renner, like Jan Tschichold, wanted types that suited the modern

age instead of being revivals from an earlier one. In this, his views were

similar to those of the Bauhaus movement, whose ideals he shared and

influenced without ever being a member.

He established the Meisterschule für Deutschlands Buchdrucher

(Advanced School of German Book-printing) in Munich and recruited

fellow type designers Georg Trump and Jan Tschichold to teach there.

Tschichold was removed from his post and interned by the Nazis for

‘subversive typography’ in 1933. Renner himself was dismissed under

similar circumstances that same year.

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His best known typeface, Futura, is the archetypal geometric sans serif.

The original design had a lower-case of experimental characters but

these were all abandoned before its release by Bauer in 1927. It has

proved the most popular of its type, eclipsing the earlier Erbar, and still

retains its popularity today.

Futura is the main font used in Sheep in the Road

mid-June 2016

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