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Hermann Hoffmann

German type designer, b. 1856, Hildesheim, d. 1926, Berlin. He settled in the 1890s in Berlin and founded Maschinenfabrik Heidenheim & Hoffmann. In 1895 he became head of H Berthold AG in Berlin. His designs:

  • Bloc (Berthold, 1908). Digitization and Cyrillization by Tafir Safayev, 1997. See also Block Berthold at BertholdTypes, and FB Hermes (1995, Matthew Butterick at Font Bureau). FB Hermes was extended by Butterick in 2010. Bloc was similar to Hermes at Schriftguss and Woellmer. Bitstream's Gothic 821 (1990) is based on Bloc. The Softmaker version is called Boulder. Grauna (2018, Gabriel Figueiredo at Typeoca) revives Block Heavy, but has smoother outlines.
  • Herold Reklameschrift (1901, Berthold (Berlin)). An art nouveau advertising typeface developed until 1907 with schmal, fett and Kontur substyles. Digitizations of this:
  • Kaufhaus-Fraktur (1906, Berthold).

Books: Das Haus Berthold 1858-1921 (1921, Berlin) and Der Schriftgiesser (1927, Leipzig).

FontShop page. Klingspor link. FontShop link.

Oddity: The names Heinz Hoffmann and Hermann Hoffmann are used by two subcommunities. MyFonts, Font Bureau, etc. use Heinz, while Erik Spiekermann, Klingspor, and the German media use Hermann.

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