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Jan Tschichold

Jan Tschichold – born 2.4.1902 in Leipzig, Germany, died 11.8.1974 in Locarno, Switzerland – typographer, calligrapher, author, teacher.


  • 1919–21: studies at the Akademie für Graphische Künste und Buchgewerbe in Leipzig.
  • 1921–23: is one of Walter Tiemann’s master pupils and assistant to Hermann Delitsch.

  • 1925: publication of Tschichold’s special issue of "Typographische Mitteilungen" magazine, entitled "elementare typographie".
  • 1926–33: teaches typography and callygraphy at the Meisterschule für Deutschlands Buchdrucker in Munich. 1933: dismissed from teaching by the National Socialists. Emigrates to Basle, Switzerland.

  • 1933–40: works for Benno Schwabe publishers and teaches at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule in Basle.
  • 1941–46: typographer for the Birkhäuser publishing house in Basle.
  • 1946–49: redesigns the typography for Penguin Books in London.
  • 1949: honorary member of the Double Crown Club.
  • 1954: is awarded a gold medal by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) in New York.
  • 1955–67: typographer for Hoffmann-La Roche in Basle.
  • 1964 and 1971: is awarded a gold medal at the "International Book Art" ehibition in Leipzig.
  • 1965: awarded a Gutenberg Prize by the city of Leipzig. Corresponding member of the Deutsche Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

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