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[Manfred Klein]

Written by Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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Prolific Frankfurt-based designer, born in Berlin in 1932, who studied typesetting at the Kurier in Berlin, later in Typografische AG (a work-group). His teacher was Berthold's G. G. Lange (starting in 1951). He graduated in advertising in 1958. Until 1982, he worked as a Creative Director and then as a freelancer for several companies, including Stempel and Monotype. Since 1990, prolific font creator, with fonts appearing at Fontshop, Fonthaus, Elsner and Flake, Alphabets Inc, Apply Design Group, and Medienwerkstatt Muehlacker (school fonts). His fonts are partly commercial and partly freeware. They are invariably stylish, original, and often funny. He looks at type as an essential part of visual communication, and that theme unifies his work. It gives his typefaces a unique cachet. As a result, Klein is one of my favorite type designers.

He writes about this as follows: "Typografie sehe ich - anders als viele Typografen - aus dem übergeordneten Blickwinkel der Kommunikationswirkung, als Teil aller visuellen Kommunikation. / Einflüsse durch David Ogilvy, von dessen Auffassungen zu Textund Typo ich wesentlich geprägt wurde, durch G. G. Lange, Imre Reiner, Tschichold natürlich, aber auch durch Picasso oder Mies van der Rohe (less is more!). Und durch Musik, speziell den Jazz!"

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Manfred Klein ⦿

Luc Devroye ⦿ School of Computer Science ⦿ McGill University Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6 ⦿ lucdevroye@gmail.com ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org/fonts.html