Dr Chris Burke

Futura - biography of a typeface

Summary
The classic typeface Futura, designed by Paul Renner, has endured long beyond its origins in German modernism of the 1920s. But it was always a more complex piece of work than first appearances imply: it took great effort to make it seem so effortlessly geometric. Christopher Burke relates the story behind the design of the typeface.

Biography
Chris Burke was born 1967 and after training as a typographer worked briefly at Monotype Typography Ltd. Since 1996, he has taught at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, The University of Reading, England where he is Director of the MA Typeface Design.

His book Paul Renner: the art of typography was published in 1998 by Hyphen Press (London) and Princeton Architectural Press (USA).

He has designed two typefaces, Celeste (1992) for Fontshop International, and Pragma, a sanserif. (1995)