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Bronislaw Zelek

Polish type and graphic designer, b. 1935. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw under Henryk Tomaszewski in 1961. In 1967, he received Tadeusz Trepkowski's WAG Award and from the 1970s on he worked as Hernyk Tomaszewski's assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts. Best known for his film posters, he lived in Vienna, and then moved to Lower Austria, where is is a painter. At Mecanorma in the early 1970s, he made Zelek Black, Zelek Shadline, Zelek Bold, and Zelek Boldline. Zelek Black looks twisted and almost geometrically impossible.

Dan X. Solo in his Dover book "Moderne Alphabets" shows an identical face, renamed Zelda. In 2009, Zelek pops up again in a slightly reworked version by Simon Griffin for Wired UK. Typophile discussion.

Dick Pape made a series of Zelek revivals including Zelel Shadline, Zelek Black, Zelek Bold, Zelek Bold Reflection, and Zelek Bold Line.

The Russians have their own versions, starting with a 1987 semi-clone by G. Klikushin, which in turn inspired the 1993 face---far removed from Zelek's Zelek---, New Zelek about which its publisher Paratype writes: The typeface was developed at TypeMarket in 1993 by Alexey Kustov on the base of artworks of Viktor Kharyk and Lidia Kolesnichenko (1979), that were developed as a Cyrillic adaptation of the typeface of Bronislav Zelek, Mecanorma.

The multicolor layered typeface Bron was published in 2014 by Swiss type designer Jeremia Adatte.

In consultation with Zelek, Three Dots Type (Marian Misiak) in Poland did a revival called New Zelek Pro.

Klingspor link. Biography at Culture.pl.

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