Rudolf Koch
Rudolf Koch was a leading German
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 calligrapher, typographic artist and teacher
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, born in Nuremberg
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. He was primarily a calligrapher with the Gebr. Klingspor foundry. He created several typeface
In typography, a typeface is the artistic representation or interpretation of characters; it is the way the type looks. Each type is designed and there are thousands of different typefaces in existence, with new ones being developed constantly....

s, in both fraktur and roman
Roman type
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 styles. Fritz Kredel
Fritz Kredel
Fritz Kredel was a German graphic designer who was born in Michelstadt-im-Odenwald. In his early years, he studied under Rudolf Koch at Offenbach School of Design, and developed skills in woodcuts. Koch and Kredel collaborated on A Book of Signs and The Book of Flowers...

 studied under Koch at the Offenbach School of Design.

Koch wrote a book containing 493 old-world symbols, monograms and runes entitled The Book of Signs (reprinted in 1955, in the Dover
Dover Publications
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 Pictorial Archive Series). He had also a column in the magazine Die zeitgemäße Schrift, a magazine of design published by Heintze & Blanckertz
Heintze & Blanckertz
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  • Deutsche Schrift (1908-1921)
  • Maximilian Antiqua (1913-17)
  • Wilhelm Klingspor-Schrift (1920-1926)
  • Deutsche Zierschrift (1921)
  • Koch Antiqua / Locarno (1922), sold by Continental Type
    Continental Type Founders Association
    Continental Type Founders Association was founded by Melbert Brinckerhoff Cary Jr. in 1925 to distribute foundry type imported from European foundries. The influence of more modern European type design was thus felt in the United States for the first time, and American foundries responded by...

     in the United States as Eve
  • Neuland
    Neuland is a German typeface that was designed in 1923 by Rudolf Koch.Koch designed it by directly carving the type into metal. The original typeface thus had a great deal of variance between the sizes...

  • Deutsche Anzeigenschrift (1923-1924)
  • Jessen (1924-1930)
  • Wallau (1925-1934)
  • Kabel
    Kabel (typeface)
    Kabel is a geometric sans-serif typeface designed by German typeface designer Rudolf Koch, and released by the Klingspor foundry in 1927. The face was named to honor the newly completed trans-Atlantic telephone cable...

  • Offenbach (1928)
  • Zeppelin / Kabel Inline (1929)
  • Marathon (1930-1938)
  • Prisma (1931)
  • Claudius (1931-1934)
  • Holla (1932)
  • Grotesk-Initialen (1933)
  • Koch Current (1933)
  • Neufraktur (1933-1934)

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