Günter Gerhard Lange: “On the Designing of Sans Serif Types”

The frequently cited, often imitated and newly conceptualized basic form of the so-called grotesque type is being approached here by Günter Gerhard Lange in a final article. 

Following previous extensive discussions in this journal about the new Haas-Grotesque, the Folio and the Univers, GGL now starts with a definition of the ancestor of all these types and its close relatives. First, however, he points out some principles to enhance the general understanding of the grotesque form, then taking the Berthold Akzidenz-Grotesk as the starting point for his approach.

Neue Grafik/New Graphic Design/Graphisme Actuel
The “International Journal for Graphics and related Topics” was initiated by the Swiss Designer Josef Müller-Brockmann. Together with Paul Lohse, Hans Neuburg and Carlo Vivarelli he formed the editorial team for the 18 issues from 1958–1965. The aim was to start an international forum for graphic design, a meeting place for unconventional work in the area of two and three dimensional design in its many aspects.  From a historic point of view “Neue Grafik” can be seen as a programmatic platform and most effective journalistic organ of Swiss Graphics, which was of international renown at that time.


Günter Gerhard Lange: »Zur Gestaltung der Groteskschriften. On the Designing of Sans Serif Types. La création des caractères Antique«. In: Neue Grafik/New Graphic Design/Graphisme actuel, 14, Dezember/December/Décembre 1962. pp.53 – 57.




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