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The Urge to Rule
Constructed Letterforms from Renaissance to Tomorrow

Oliver Linke

Session B17 | Palace B
Sunday 21 September | 14:00 – 14:50

Theme Methods | Duration: 50 minutes

For some reason there has always been a certain desire to find the constructive skeleton or some kind of a “mathematically correct” description of lettershapes. Generations of designers have been searching for the best way to convert complicated characters into an easy formula, believing to discover the very essence of type. Meanwhile many have changed to another confession, where rulers become void and the impression of the eye is the only reliable guide line. With the advent of the computer, this schism in type design seemed to be given another revival. Type has become digital, shaping is done through mathematical equations, and often enough letters are cut down to a set of pixels. It’s about time to take a closer look, what’s really valuable about both approaches.

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Oliver Linke

Type Designer Lazydogs Typefoundry | Germany

Oliver Linke (*1971) studied graphic design at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany and the University of Missouri, Kansas City (1993–98). He continued his studies in art history, art education and philosophy (2000-05) at the University of Augsburg. Today his work focuses on book- and type design. He teaches Typography and Type Design at the Designschule München and the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach.

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