Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse




(1918 – )

Born in Schwerin, Germany. Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse is a book artist, calligrapher and typographer, and also the wife to one of the most notable type designers and calligraphers of the twentieth century, Hermann Zapf.

Her prolific typeface design work is heavily influenced by calligraphy, she performed as lettering teacher in Germany, beside she run a bookbinding studio. Her typeface design work started in the late 30s and was first published with D. Stempel AG type foundry in the late 40s, and then with the appearance of computers moved to collaborations with other foundries, including Berthold, Linotype, Bitstream and URW.

In 1991 she received the Frederic W. Goudy Award for her contributions to the printing industry; she now lives in the company of her husband, in Germany.

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