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ⓘ VEB Typoart was the only type foundry of East Germany. It was a state-owned enterprise located in Dresden. The foundrys most influential art directors were Herb ..




                                     

ⓘ VEB Typoart

VEB Typoart was the only type foundry of East Germany. It was a state-owned enterprise located in Dresden. The foundrys most influential art directors were Herbert Thannhauser and Albert Kapr.

                                     

1. History

VEB Typoart was created by the government of the German Democratic Republic in 1948 through a merger of several nationalised type foundries, including Schelter & Giesecke 1945 and Ludwig Wagner AG 1960. It was subordinated to Zentrag, a state enterprise coordinating all GDR printing activity. Typoarts principal mission was to create typefaces for Eastern Germany and other Eastern Bloc countries. It was frequently ordered to plagiarise Western typefaces that Zentrag could not afford to license.

In the course of German reunification, Typoart was privatised as Typoart GmbH in 1989 and went bankrupt in 1995. The copyright status of its typefaces remained uncertain, and some of them have been reissued in digital form by other type foundries.