My professional life began with an apprenticeship as a bookbinder by Prof. Otto Dorfner in Weimar. During this time I started with calligraphy using books by Rudolf Koch and Edward Johnston. After my master-degree in bookbinding I worked in Berlin and for a short time I could join the lettering lessons of Johannes Boehland. From the beginning I was fascinated by letterforms.
From 1946 until 1955 I was running an own bookbinding studio in Frankfurt am Main. During this time I was also teaching lettering at the Städelschool, State Institute of Fine Arts in Frankfurt.
My first typedesigns for the D. Stempel AG typefoundry in Frankfurt I executed in the year 1948. The Diotima, Diotima Italic, Ariadne Initials and the headline type Smaragd (Emerald) came out as metal types during the years 1951-1954. Later these alphabets were transferred into the new technologies by Linotype.
In the following years I designed several other alphabets: Shakespeare Roman and Italic as an exclusive type for Hallmark Cards Inc. in Kansas City, and Carmina for Bitstream Inc. in Cambridge/Mass., followed by Nofret and Christiana for H. Berthold AG in Berlin and Alcuin and Colombine Script for URW in Hamburg.
In 1991 I received for my work the Frederic W. Goudy Award, the distinguish award in the field of book- and typedesign in the United States.
Christiana and Nofret are registered trademarks of Berthold Types Limited.