This tour de typography led Hagmann to one of the presentation’s main themes: “Leave if you can!” And that she did. The instructor and typographer spent 2012 on sabbatical in Germany, during which she traveled throughout the country and became captivated by German Democratic Republic-era typography. While traveling around Germany, she also explored the history of Typoart, the state-owned type foundry of East Germany. Typoart designed typefaces through very volatile periods in history (it was founded in 1948), and although the foundry was told to create standard type, it did so while infusing its own flair, Hagmann said. Some of Typoart’s notable creations include Garamond.
Hagmann’s recent typography projects – including the Bria font, which she says is still a work in progress – have been inspired by Typoart fonts and the cultural heritage this foundry left behind. The typographer’s other current projects include explorations of vintage book cover lettering and the repositioning of letters into shapes and other visuals.
Hagmann ended her Typo San Francisco 2014 presentation with a discussion of her creative process – “nurture the creative beast!” – and a very fitting sentiment. “We travel, some of us, forever to seek other states, other lives and other souls,” Hagmann said, quoting the famous words by Anais Nin.
Text — Emily Hubbell — @emwritesbiz