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Bernd Volmer

Bernd Volmer is a graphic and type designer from Germany. Before attending type and media, he graduated with a BA in 2011 from the ArtEZ in Arnhem. During this time he also did an internship at Atelier Carvalho Bernau and developed his knowledge and interest in type design and typography. After graduation he started as a freelancer.

In 2013, he graduated from the Type & Media program at KABK, Den Haag. His graduation typeface, Curtis, is based on broad nib calligraphy, and manages in its palette of styles to cover the broad ground between powerful German expressionist display types and very readable text types. In my view, it is the best of the twelve typefaces of the graduation class.

In 2010, Bernd Volmer and Ateleir Carvalho Bernau published the free typeface Jean-Luc, which is named after Jean-Luc Godard. Carvalho / Bernau write: We didn't find out who originally made the lettering for these two movies. Some speculate it could have been Godard himself---Godard's interest in graphic design and typography is clear, with many of his other films employing such strong typography-only titles and intertitles. They are almost a self-sufficient entity, another character in the movie, another comment. This style of lettering is so interesting to us because it is such a clear renunciation of the pretty, classical title screens that were common in that time more conservative films. It has a more vernacular and brutishly low-brow character; this lettering comes from the street. We can not prove this at all, but we think it may be derived from the stencil letters of the Plaque Découpée Universelle (or PDU), a lettering device invented in the 1870s by a certain Joseph A. David, and first seen in France at the 1878 Exposition Universelle, where it found broad appeal and rapid adoption. We think this style of lettering was absorbed into the public domain vernacular of French lettering, and that the 2 ou 3 choses titles are derived from these quotidien lettering style, as it would seem to fit Godard's obsession with vernacular typography.

In 2019, he published the two-axis (weight and serifs) variable font Seraphs.

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