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Ferdinand Ulrich

Ferdinand Ulrich

Typographer / Type Researcher (Berlin)

Ferdinand Ulrich is a typographer and type researcher. He designs books in his Berlin-based studio, regularly writes articles for FontShop.com and spends most of his time in Erik Spiekermann’s typographic workshop p98a berlin, experimenting and printing on letterpress machines. After three years as an assistant lecturer at the University of Art and Design in Halle/Saale, he currently teaches typography at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

Ferdinand discovered an interest in type history during his studies at Berlin University of the Arts and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh/PA and has lectured about and published his research in the USA, in the UK and in Germany. He now pursues a PhD in typographic research at the University of Reading, UK.

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Hunt Roman – Touching Type

TYPO Berlin 2013, 17.05.2013, 18:00 Uhr (Stage)

Between 1961 and 1962, the legendary typographer Hermann Zapf developed the hot type Hunt Roman exclusively for the famous Hunt Botanical Library of the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Zapf’s American friend, Jack W. Stauffacher, a professor for typography, facilitated the project. We may consider the Hunt Roman as a prototype for exclusive fonts, which became an alternative concept in a time when Helvetica and Univers were universal.

Ferdinand Ulrich was a visiting student in Pittsburgh, when he discovered the legendary font in the hot-metal setting workshop of the university three years ago. His intensive research in archives and collections, and his stay with Jack W. Stauffacher in San Francisco, a correspondence with Hermann Zapf and – of course – his focus on the font in a setting and printing context have led to a comprehensive study, which reveals the branched and maze-like genealogy of this extraordinary typefont.