Paul Renner was a well known German graphic designer, type designer and typographer in the 20th century. He was also known for being an eminent author, painter and teacher. Renner was born on August 9th, 1878 in Wernigerode, Germany.
Renner received his formal education from a secondary school, Gymnasium. After nine years of learning Greek and Latin, Renner opted to study arts at several different academies. In his early years Renner studied architecture and painting in Berlin, Munich and Karlsruhe, and then later worked as a painter in Munich. In 1926, he accepted the position of the head at the Printing Trade School in Münich. Later he established and became director of the Master School for Germany’s Printers.
Some of Renners values were influenced by prominent scholarly figures and theoreticians, such as Nietzsche, Goethe, Kant and Schiller. He began writing from 1908 onwards and produced a lot of work on design and typography.
He supported the Bauhaus movement and was equally fascinated by the functionalist strain in modernism. Therefore, according Renner’s work is seen as a bridge between nineteenth and twentieth century tradition.
He is best known for designing the Futura typeface which became the milestone creation of twentieth century and influenced the modern typeface designs. To date modern typographers still use this typeface frequently, which is evidence of its longevity. Other typefaces by Renner include, Futura (1928), Plak (1928), Futura Black (1929), Futura licht (1932), Futura Schlagzeile (1932), Ballade (1937), Renner Antiqua (1939), Steile Futura (1954).
Futura and its family have become an extremely popular typeface for many corporate logos, commercial products, films and advertisements for years. Regardless, Futura remains one of the most used sans-serif fonts today with no signs of stopping anytime soon.
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