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Max Joseph Gradl

German type and jewelry designer, 1873-1934. He did advertising work for customers in Naples, London, New York and Germany. He was active in the art nouveau era and is credited with these typefaces:

  • The ultimate art nouveau all caps face, Gradl Highstep, revived under that name in 2008 by Tom Wallace (HiH).
  • Gradl Initialen (2005), another art nouveau caps typeface revived and extended by Tom Wallace in 2008. Wallace writes: Max Joseph Gradl designed Art Nouveau jewelry in Germany. At least some of his designs were produced by Theodor Fahrner of Pforzheim, Germany -- one of the leading manufacturers of fine art jewelry on the Continent from 1855 to 1979.
  • Gradl Zierschriften is yet another art nouveau decorative face, ca. 1900. Revived by Tom Wallace in 2005 under the same name. Another revivalist is Peter von Zezschwitz (Zetafonts), who created, e.g., Gradler. Rivanna NF (Nick Curtis) is yet another revival, but this one is free. Other revivals include Gradl No 1 (2008, Ralph M. Unger, URW++), Gradl (1992, Font Bureau typeface done for Microsoft), and Gradl Max (2010, Mike Freiman).

Scans of some his art nouveau alphabets: (1), (2). Scans of some alphabets of initials: (3), (4), (4).

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file name: Tom Wallace Gradl Zierschriften 2005 after M J Gradl 1900


file name: Ralph M Unger Gradl No1 2008


file name: Ralph M Unger Gradl No1 2008b


file name: Nick Curtis Rivanna N F 2002b


file name: Nick Curtis Rivanna N F 2002c


file name: Nick Curtis Rivanna N F 2002


file name: Nick Curtis Rivanna N F Pro 2002 39959


file name: Nick Curtis Rivanna N F Pro 2002 Poster by Gregory Brock 2015







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