Czech designer (b. 1939, Jindrichove Hradci) went to the Art School in Prague (1954-1958) and the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague (or: School of Applied Arts) (1959-1965). From 1973 until 2003, he taught at that academy, and headed the Font Studio at the School of Applied Arts. His best-known student was Frantisek Storm. His typefaces:
- Insignia (1979-1982), a sans typeface family. This was renamed since Neville Brody has a font by that name, even though Brody's font was made only in 1990, eleven years after Solpera's font. The digital version by Frantisek Storm (2000, Storm Type Foundry) is called Solpera. See also here for this sans-serif family. He designed the fonts on the banknotes of the Czech National Bank.
- With Frantisek Storm, he designed Josef Sans in 2013, in the hope of adding a new sans family to Tyfa's Roman (Tyfa Antikva).
- Areplos (Book and Text), published in 2005 by Storm Type Foundry based on a 1982 original by Solpera.
- Circo (1971, H. Berthold AG). This Western style slab serif phototypeface was later carried by Lettergraphics as Cirque. For a digital version, see Harold Lohner's free typeface Flying Circus.
- Comenia Sans (Storm Type Foundry), Comenia Script, Comenia Serif, Comenia Text.
At the ATypI in Prague, Frantisek Storm said about Jan Solpera: Solpera always plays with the alternates. At that meeting, Storm described Solpera as a precise and patient man, who insisted on having many alternates (in his types). Klingspor link.
Klingspor Museum page
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