German designer (b. Berlin, 1971) who studied Visual Communication at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee from 1993-1998. Shortly after finishing art school in 1998 and two visits to the UK as an exchange student, she founded her own studio for graphic design, type design and typography. She has lectured on type design and typography at Designakademie Berlin since 2003. In 2005, she started Fraugerlach. At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, she spoke about type in the streets of Berlin (PDF of Verena's presentation). At ATypI 2010 in Dublin, she spoke about her personal experiences with cultural oppression (censorship) in Algeria in 2009. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Ala has a pen - a remixed type workshop in Katowice [a report on a type design workshop held in Poland in 2012].
Author of Karbid From lettering to type design (2013, coauthored with Fritz Grögel and published by Ypsilon Éditeurs). This book was released on the occasion of the ATypI 2013 conference.
The PTL fonts in the list below were published at Primetype in 2002. Verena Gerlach created these typefaces:
- LT Pide Nashi (1997). An Arabic simulation font.
- EF Aranea (1996). A script face.
- The FF Karbid family, 1999-2011. Includes FF Karbid Slab (2011) and Ff Karbid Display (2011). FF Karbid Text was published in 2011.
- She co-designed CstBerlin-West with Ole Schaefer in 2000 at FontFont.
- FF Citystreet Types East, FF Citystreet Types West.
- PTL Blinkenlights (2001). Free at Primetype, this pixel font commemorates a happening in Berlin organized by Verena's hacker friends who made a tall building in Berlin into a computer screen in which pixels could be controlled by cell phones).
- PTL Touja Sans, PTL Touja Slab (2002). These are comic book or dishwasher ad types.
- PTL Trafo (2002).
- PTL Tephe (2002).
- PTL Lore (2002). A stencil family.
- PTL Bugis (2002).
- In 2008, she published the 8-style sans family FF Chambers Sans (one free weight).
- In 2009, she finally completed Vielzweck at Primetype, described by Christoph Koeberlin as a DIN Schrift with personality.
- In 2017, she published the sans typeface FF Sizmo in which some rounded and foliate letterforms reveal an organic concept.
- In 2019, she released Kommune at Laic and wrote: Kommune is a display typeface inspired by the vernacular shop- and promotion letterings of Burkina Faso. Originally designed as a stencil typeface for the solo show and accompanying catalogue of Burkina Faso born Architect Francis Kéré (famous for his Laongo Opera Village and communal school buildings) at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, it is now also available in a new version as a normal, non stencil typeface.
Klingspor link. Linotype link. Fontshop bio.
View Verena Gerlach's typefaces.
Klingspor Museum page
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