Lucian Bernhard - Font Designer of Bernhard

Font Designer – Lucian Bernhard

Lucian Bernhard – born 15. 3. 1883 in Stuttgart, Germany, died 29. 5. 1972 in New York, USA – graphic artist, illustrator, painter, type designer, interior designer, teacher. Born as Emil Kahn, he assumes his pseudonym in 1905. Mostly self-taught, he studied briefly at the Akademie iin Munich.

1901: moves to Berlin. 1903: wins a poster competition for Priester matches. 1904: art director of the Deutsche Werkstätten für Handwerkskunst. 1910: works with Hans Sachs on the publication of the magazine "Das Plakat". 1920: professor at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. 1923: moves to New York. 1928: opens the Contempora studio with Rockwell Kent, Paul Poiret, Bruno Paul and Erich Mendelsohn. Works as a graphic artist and interior designer. After 1930, he primarily works as a painter and sculptor.

Fonts: Bernhard Antiqua (1912), Bernhard Fraktur (1912–22), Flinsch Privat (1919), Bernhard Schönschrift (1925–28), Bernhard Handschrift (1928), Bernhard Fashion (1929), Bernhard Gothic BQ (1930), Negro (1930), Lilli (1930), Lucian (1932), Bernhard Tango (1933), Bernhard Modern™ (1933–38), Aigrette (1939).

Publications include: F. Plietzsch "Lucian Bernhard", Deutsches Museum, Hagen 1913. Numerous articles have been published on his work in international magazines and books; numerous exhibitions.

* 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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