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The lost typefaces of the Bauhaus


The “Hidden Treasures of Creativity” project by Adobe seeks to recover forgotten tools of iconic artists, recreate them digitally and place them at the disposal of the users. In 2017 they digitised the brushes of the famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, the author of renowned works such as “The Scream”; this year it was the turn of the lost typography of the Bauhaus masters.

In collaboration with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Adobe set out to complete and digitise the typefaces of five important designers of the Bauhaus: Xanti Schawinsky, Joost Schmidt, Carl Marx, Alfred Arndt and Reinhold Rossig. These unfinished works were stored in the archives when the design school was closed down in 1932 by the National Socialist Party.

Erik Spiekermann, a world-renowned typeface designer, was responsible for transforming the uncovered fragments and sketches into complete packages of fonts for Typekit. Spiekermann directed an international team of typeface professionals and design students, who made detailed calculations to obtain the probabilities of forms and thus deduce how the masters originally planned to design these typefaces. With such data and Adobe Illustrator, the team completed and digitised the fonts. Two of them are already available in Typekit and the rest will be added over the next few months.

Click on here to download the typefaces.


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