PTL Roletta and an interview with me are included in the new publication “Neue Schriften. New Typefaces.” by Petra Eisele, Isabel Naegele and Annette Ludwig, published by Niggli. The book is the catalogue for the exhibition Call for type, a display of contemporary typeface designs at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz (images of the exhibition, the opening and the talks can be seen here).
Neue Schriften. New Typefaces. offers insight into the fascinating world of type design. Positions in contemporary type design are presented in words and pictures: key protagonists offer insights into their thinking and working, take a position on current developments under the new technical, aesthetic and socio-political conditions. While in the 1970s just a few hundred new typefaces were published, today we can choose from tens of thousands of fonts — with an upward tendency. This publication, however, shows that current type design is not subject to randomness or a fashionable hype. Seventy different type designs present an overview of current developments. For the exhibition Call for Type. New Fonts. New Typefaces. at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz twenty typefaces were chosen and expanded on in very personal reflections by their designers which take the form of interviews in the book. From the rich international cosmos of typefaces the book presents experimental type designs, based either on a spontaneous idea or the concept of an individually chosen design project; there are display fonts with a small range of styles or typefaces for books with large type families, which, often over a number of years, were developed systematically with passion, endurance and an unswerving attention to characteristic detail. Therefore this publication not only documents a high professionalism, but also a great and passionate enthusiasm as the driving force of today’s type designers.
Concept and Editing:
Petra Eisele, Isabel Naegele, Annette Ludwig
Jens-Peter Giesel, Yvonne Kümmel