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JOSEF ALBERS

 

Josef Albers (March 19, 1888 – March 25, 1976) was a German-born Americanartist and educator whose work, both in Europe and in the United States, formed the basis of some of the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the twentieth century.

 

Architype Albers is a modular stencil sans-serif typeface based upon a series of experiments between 1926 and 1931. The Architype Albers typeface is one of a collection of several revivals of early twentieth century typographic experimentation designed by Freda Sack and David Quay of The Foundry.

 

Albers designed a series of stencil faces while teaching at the Dessau Bauhaus. The typeface is based on a limited palette of geometric forms combined in a size ratio of 1:3. Drawn on a grid, the elements of square, triangle, and circle combine to form letters with an economy of form. Never intended for text, the face was designed for use on posters and in large scale signs.

 

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