Gerry Leonidas

Leipzig and Greek type design

The talk explores the influence of German typefounders, from Leipzig in particular, on contemporary Greek type design. In contrast with their French counterparts, German typefounders developed the inclined style of Greek type design, which was used for texts well into the twentieth century. This style was turned into a subsidiary to the upright style by typesetter manufacturers, although the identification of inclined typefaces with Leipzig survived almost to the end of the century.

Gerry Leonidas teaches typography and typeface design in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, England. He is a practicing type designer of Greek and Latin typefaces, and a regular consultant on Greek typography and type design. He has published book reviews and ocassional articles on typography, and has translated works from English to Greek. Between 1986 and 1994 he worked as a book and magazine editor/production manager in Greece. He holds a BSc in Business Administration, a Diploma in Journalism, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Typography & Graphic Communication; he is constantly completing a PhD on the relationship of the design processes of Greek and Latin digital typefaces.