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1 Butler Emily Butler Typography Christopher Fox 24 October 2011 “Lettering gives me the purest and greatest pleasure.” This was said by Rudolf Koch, a very talented calligrapher and type designer of his time. Koch was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1876. He worked as an in-house designer for the Klingspor Foundry until is death in 1934. He designed both blackletter and roman alphabets. Most of his art has an “Art Nouveau” flavor, which is French for “new art.” This style was popular during 1890-1910 and is inspired by natural forms and structures while using curved lines (“Rudolf Koch”). Koch was a deeply religious man who tried to unite work and life in a harmonious whole (Identifont). His religious beliefs and view on the world can be seen in his work. Koch believed that each sign, such as a line or circle, had its own meaning. This is evident in his book, Book of Signs, where his religious beliefs become present in his work. For example, “In the horizontal stroke we see the Earth, in which life flows evenly and everything moves on the same plane” (Koch, 1). Koch’s perspective on the horizontal line shows his belief about the Earth. “The vertical stroke represents the one-ness of God, or the Godhead in general; It also symbolizes power descending upon mankind from above, or, in the opposite direction, the
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2011 for the course ART 221 taught by Professor Christopherfox during the Fall '11 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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