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Tschichold, Jan

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Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1974 AD, at 72 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Typographers

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1902 - Born on the 2nd of April in Leipzig, Germany.

1923 - Tschichold had converted to Modernist design principles after visiting the first Weimar Bauhaus exhibition.

1925 - He became a leading advocate of Modernist design: first with an influential magazine supplement, then a personal exhibition; then with his most noted work Die neue Typographie.

1926-1929 - He designed a "universal alphabet" to clean up the few multigraphs and non-phonetic spellings in the German language.

1945 - He visits to England just before the war, only about four articles by Tschichold had been translated into English.

1947-1949 - Tschichold lived in England where he oversaw the redesign of 500 paperbacks published by Penguin Books, leaving them with a standardised set of typographic rules, the Penguin Composition Rules.

1974 - Died on the 11th of August in Locarno, Switzerland.


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