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Blackletter: Type and National Identity
Blackletter type, also known as Fraktur or German Gothic, originated with Gutenberg's moveable type, and was based on the contemporary calligraphy of that time. From the sixteenth century on, it shared the spotlight with roman type in German-speaking countries and was even adopted for the printing of Martin Luther's writings. Yet by the twentieth century it was increasingl ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Princeton Architectural Press
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I love blackletter, it's true, but even more I'm fascinated by it's place in German nationalism, and the design that occured during and after Hitler. I had a type course with Paul Shaw in NY, and when it comes to the history of type, he is brilliant at making it engaging, interesting, and even fun.