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By Ekke Wolf

Ekke Wolf

The typeface Liebelei has its roots back in 1932, when Vienna-based painter Rudolf Vogl created the poster for a movie called Liebelei after the popular play by Arthur Schnitzler. Only the title letters existed of that typeface. I loved those letters from first sight and proceeded with an adventurous interpreting of the missing characters.

The goal was to create letterforms that fit to the original from the 1930s and represent a modern multi-purpose font as well. It should be an easy-to-use italic font with warm, sympathic details and a huge possibility of alternates and languages. The characteristic curled ends of most letters provide a script touch to the Liebelei.

The first font entirely designed was the bold one which corresponds to the original poster lettering, although I tweaked the proportions a tiny bit to a more contemporary shape.