Günter Gerhard Lange Passes Away at Age 87
Tuesday morning, December 2nd, 2008, Günter Gerhard Lange passed away in Munich, aged 87. Lange was one of the important type designers and typographers of the 20th century. He is sadly often overlooked in English speaking countries*. In Yvonne Schwemer-Scheddin's words
[the type world] lost an upright, steadfast fighter for quality in type design. Not only Berthold's artistic director, but a friend and objective adviser to many who needed personal help or an evaluation in type design.
(*) This is why I had to link to the German Wikipedia; there simply is no link on the English Wikipedia.
Günter Gerhard Lange was born in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany on April 12, 1921. Barely 18 years old and just out of school he was drafted into the armed forces at the beginning of the Second World War, and was wounded shortly thereafter in France. In 1941 he enrolled at the Akademie für Graphik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. His tutors included Georg Belwe for calligraphy and type design, typesetting and printing; and Hans Theo Richter for drawing, painting, etching and lithography. He graduated with honours and worked in Leipzig from 1945 on as a painter and a commercial artist, and took the position of assistant to professor Walter Tiemann – one the most important book and type designers of his generation in Germany – at the Leipzig institute.
After this period Günter Gerhard Lange moved to Berlin in 1949 and enrolled at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, studying freelance art with Professor Paul Strecker and drawing with Professor Hans Ullman. Early in 1950 he started working for H. Berthold Schriftgießerei at the Mehringdamm in Kreuzberg, initially as a freelancer. G.G. Lange would serve the Berthold brand for more than half a century. By 1961 he was appointed Artistic Director of Berthold AG; as such G.G. Lange has been responsible for the company's entire typeface development programme since then. During that period he designed nearly one hundred original typefaces, which often display a calligraphic quality. He also supervised the production of many more typefaces by other well known designers; his criticism was always appreciated, because it came from a man with a very positive disposition. Furthermore G.G. Lange revived several classic faces, and transferred the lead heritage of Berthold's classic typefaces, first to photocomposition and then to digital format. This was done in a sound and authentic manner, according to the highest aesthetic standards.
In 1989 Günter Gerhard Lange received the Frederic W. Goudy Award by the American Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) for his achievements in the printing industry. And in 2000 he was presented the TDC Medal by the New York Type Directors Club for his significant contributions to the life, art, and craft of typography. He spoke at several TYPO conferences and meetings of the AGD, the Alliance of German Designers. His legendary inaugural address (in German) at TYPO '96 – Idea vs. Ideology was released in abridged version on vinyl, and can be viewed in full length – 68 glorious minutes of GGL – on the TYPO videoblog.
G.G. Lange was a remarkable university teacher and rare communicator, because he was true to his convictions and values. He was an example to many, a beacon of light. In analogy to American preacher Billy Graham's "God's machine gun" Manfred Klein dubbed him "Das Maschinengewehr Gutenbergs" (Gutenberg's machine gun) in this article published in a special annual edition of the Typographische Gesellschaft München e.V. (Typographic Society Munich) at the occasion of Lange's 60th anniversary.
But – according to Yvonne Schwemer-Scheddin – perhaps most important of all
Günter Gerhard Lange relentlessly encouraged the younger generations, teaching and counselling until almost the end. By doing so he opened doors, eyes and hearts to art, architecture, literature and typography. He transmitted the value of education and love for the minute details that are indispensable for the whole to function. We lost a passionate type lover and expert – an authentic man. An era has irreversible come to an end.
Günter Gerhard Lange's designs include:
Arena New® BQ (1951–54)Solemnis™ (1953)Boulevard® BQ (1955)Champion® BQ (1957)El Greco® BQ (1964)Concorde® BQ (1969)Berthold Garamond® BQ (1972)Concorde Nova® BQ (1975)Berthold Walbaum® Book BQ (1975)Berthold Walbaum Standard™ BQ (1975)Franklin Antiqua® BQ (1976)Whittingham™ BQ (1976, with Dieter Hofrichter)Berthold Calson 471® BQ (1977)Berthold Script® BQ (1977)Imago® BQ (1982)Berthold Bodoni Old Face® BQ (1983)
Header image© Marc Eckardt
Source material for this entry includes Jürgen's post on Fontblog and Yvonne Schwemer-Scheddin's message on the ATypI members mailing list.
- ·The Future of Sex poster
- ·Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for May 2016
- ·47 free tattoo fonts for your body art
- ·How to sell your typefaces
- ·Once Upon DESIGN: New Routes for Arabian Heritage
- ·Alphabet Stories by Hermann Zapf
- ·Type terms: the animated typographic cheat sheet
- ·TypeDecon Digital Download
- ·Linotype Ad: "Linotype vs. Intertype"
- ·The 52 best free graffiti fonts
游客ReviewFS Emeric字体：一款令人愉悦的新字体font article没看看有这款字体啊
我在这儿Review网页设计中的艺术字体设计与排版（1）font article很好 值得学习
新蒂字体 授权使用： 无需备案免费使用的情况： 在个人电脑上安装、打印个人文档、个人网站、博客、微博配图 需要备案免费使用的情况： 设计有可能商用的稿件（在商用时购买商业授权）、用于免费提供给他人的印刷品（印量在500份以内，且无需获得印刷品行政许可）的情况、用作没有品牌冠名的公益广告、用作完全免费（不能含有收费项目）的软件及网络服务。 需要购买个人授权的情况： 个人网店的装饰、个体商...