Font Designer – Rudo Spemann

Rudo Spemann – born 22. 4. 1905 in Würzburg, Germany, died 11. 7. 1947 in Shepetovka, USSR – calligrapher, artist, teacher.

1924–30: studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich (under F. H. Ehmcke and Emil Preetorius) and at the Kunstakademie in Stuttgart (under F. H. E. Schneidler). 1930–35: is Schneidler’s assistant at the Kunstakademie in Stuttgart. 1935–37: freelance graphic artist in Munich. 1937–39: lecturer at the Akademie für Graphische Künste und Buchgewerbe in Leipzig. The city of Offenbach has awarded the Rudo Spemann Prize in memory of Spemann’s work every two years since 1954.

Font: Gavotte™ (1942).

Publications include: Walter Tiemann "Beseelte Kalligraphie", Leipzig 1950; Hans Adolf Halbey "Rudo Spemann 1905–1947. Monographie und Werkverzeichnis seiner Schriftkunst", Offenbach 1981.

* TYPOGRAPHY – An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Throughout History by Friedrich Friedl, Nicolaus Ott (Editor), Bernard Stein, published by Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.

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