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Hermann Hoffmann



Written by Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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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. He designed 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.

In 1901, he designed Herold Reklameschrift at Berthold (Berlin), an art nouveau advertising typeface developed until 1907 with schmal, fett and Kontur substyles. Digitizations of this:

  • Vladimir Yefimov at Paratype digitized it in 1993 and included Cyrillic characters.
  • Berthold's own Herold Reklameschrift BQ.
  • Heraut AS (2003, Andreas Seidel) is based on Herold Reklameschrift.
  • Herold (2008) by Tom Wallace (HiH).
  • Herman (SoftMaker).

He also designed 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 German media use Hermann.

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file name: Andreas Seidel Heraut A S 2003


file name: Andreas Seidel Heraut A S 2003b


file name: Andreas Seidel Heraut A S Ornaments 2003


file name: Bitstream Gothic821 Condensed 1990


file name: Berthold H Hoffmann Herold Reklameschrift 1904


file name: Hermann Hoffmann Block 1908 1936 Berthold Version


file name: Hermann Hoffmann Block Heavy 1908 1936 Berthold Version


file name: Hermann Hoffmann Block Berthold Bold 1908


file name: Hermann Hoffmann Block Berthold Heavy 1908


file name: Berthold H Hoffmann Block 1908


file name: Hermann Hoffmann Block Berthold Extra Condensed 1908



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