Dan Reynolds is a Krefeld-based design teacher and historian of typography & typefounding

Portrait photo of Dan Reynolds taken by Norman Posselt in 2015

Hello! I’m Dan Reynolds. Although I originally come from Baltimore, I’ve spent my adult life in Germany – first in Wiesbaden and Offenbach, then from 2009 to 2020 in Berlin. Now I live in Krefeld and teach typography and DTP at the Hochschule Niederrhein. I’m also a design historian.

I’ve worked in and outside of academia. From October 2011 through December 2016, I was a half-time künstlerisch-wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Braunschweig University of Art. My area of research revolves around the German typefoundries active during the nineteenth century. In January 2019, I successfully defended my dissertation for a German philosophical doctorate there. This was Schriftkünstler: A historiographic examination of the relationship between handcraft and art regarding the design and making of printers’ type in Germany between 1871 and 1914. My current research projects include a database cataloging all sans serif typefaces sold in Germany during the nineteenth century and an effort for three libraries and museums to digitize their entire collections of Berlin-based type-making companies’ type specimens printed before 1951.

In 2018, I began to find practical design work less interesting and began side-hustling as a freelance author. I’ve been published by CAST – Cooperativa Anonima Servizi Tipografici, Communication Arts, Feliciano Type, Footnotes, Klim Type Foundry, and Typegeist. I’m the editor of Fontstand News. I’ve written texts for books published by the jovis Verlag, MIT Press, and Steidl. I’ve also translated entire books for Niggli and the Verlag Hermann Schmidt.

What was that practical design work all about? From 2004 to 2020, I designed type, drew letters, built fonts and helped market them, too. I started at the old Linotype GmbH, before it got taken over by Monotype. At first, I worked in the product marketing department. Later, I was part of the font development group. When I left for Braunschweig, I started picking up freelance assignments. Between 2011 and 2018, I designed type for Fontstore, Photo-Lettering, and the Typejockeys. Thanks to generous funding from Google, I made a few libre font families as well. I did a small bit of font development work for Darden Studio, Linotype, and a few clients NDAs prevent me from naming. More of my freelance time was taken up by foundry copywriting – which I mostly undertook for FontFont and the Indian Typefoundry. From 2014 to 2018, I was also part of the MyFonts.com Foundry Review Team founded by Jan Middendorp and from May 2018 to June 2020, I was part of the team at LucasFonts.

In 2004, I co-founded the Offenbach Typostammtisch; it met regularly for about eleven years and inspired similar type meet-ups in Basel, Berlin, Hamburg, Mumbai, Oldenburg, Saarbrücken, Stockholm, Vienna, and Zürich – some of which are still active. I have a BFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Between 2003 and 2006, I studied visual communication at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach. Then I graduated with an MA in typeface design (with distinction) from the University of Reading in 2008. During the summer of 2016, I helped co-organize the chimeric Berlin Type School’s one-and-only event. 

Photo: Norman Posselt (January 2015)


Published Typefaces

Mountain: A four-font revival of the old Offenbach Roos & Junge Teutonia typeface; Volcano-Type foundry, 2006.

Morris Sans: Revival and extension of Morris Fuller Benton’s Bank Gothic typeface for Linotype GmbH, 2007. Three weights, each with two widths and small caps, oldstyle figures, etc.

Malabar: New serif typeface for extensive text; designed at the University of Reading in 2008 and released by Linotype GmbH, 2009. Three weights, each with an Italic.

Carter Sans: This one’s an assist on my part. Carter Sans is a “humanistic stressed sans” from Matthew Carter for International Typeface Corporation, 2011. Four weights, each with an Italic. I also did similar work in 2011 on Gerard Unger and Linda Hintz’s Demos Next, which Monotype released in 2014.

Carlyle Quaint: Digitization of an alphabet by Paul Carlyle for Photo-Lettering, 2013.

OMV Highlight: A Latin and Cyrillic script custom display typeface for a Typejockeys client. Michael Hochleitner was the project lead, I did the design of the font.

Carnival Extra Condensed: Digitization of an Italienne alphabet drawn by the Photo-Lettering staff, 2014.

Rustic: A five-weight family with broad-nib-style slab serifs. It is based on Ehmcke-Rustika, a 1914 typeface designed by Fritz Helmuth Ehmcke. Published by Fontstand in 2017.

I also am working on some OpenSource fonts. Check their files out on GitHub: There is Martel Devanagari, a Devanagari text face with stroke contrast. The font family has seven weights, and the Latin glyph components are based on Merriweather, from Eben Sorkin. Then there is Martel Sans, a Latin sans serif and monolinear Devanagari family, which also has seven weights. There is also Biryani, a more geometric Latin and Devanagari pairing. Biryani currently has seven weights, too. Both Biryani and Martel Sans were designed together with Mathieu Réguer. Finally, there is Dasa, a single-weight informal-handwriting font for the Gujarati and Latin scripts.


Certificate of Excellence in Type Design for Malabar: Type Directors Club of New York. TDC² 2009 Competition.

Silver Award for Malabar: Original Typeface category, European Design Awards competition. ED-Awards 2009.

Malabar awarded the Federal German Design Prize in gold for 2010: Gold beim Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2010, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie und Rat für Formgebung (German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, German Design Council).

Gold Award for Malabar: First place in the typeface design category, Joseph Binder Award competition 2010. Design Austria.

Colin M. Ford chose Carter Sans as one Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2011. Paul Shaw chose Carlyle Quaint as one of Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2013.

Printing Historical Society grant (2018) for research into the distribution of nineteenth-century sans serif typeface designs within German-speaking typefoundries.


Universität der Künste Berlin: Typografie (Schriftgestaltung), Sommersemester 2012

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin: Schriftgestaltung, Kompaktveranstaltung, Juli 2017

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Fachberich 5 (Gestaltung und Kultur): Typo-Geschichte interpretiert Eine Auseinandersetzung mit Schrift im öffentlichen Raum, Kompaktwoche, Oktober 2018

Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig: Projektbetreuung Typografie, Wintersemester 2011–2012, Sommersemester 2012, Wintersemester 2012–2013, Sommersemester 2013, Wintersemester 2013–2014, Sommersemester 2014, Wintersemester 2014–2015, Sommersemester 2015, Wintersemester 2015–2016 und Sommersemester 2016

Schrift- und Druckgeschichte in Braunschweig, Sommersemester 2012

Schrift, Schriftschreiben und Kalligrafie, Wintersemester 2012–2013 und Wintersemester 2015–2016

Geschichte der Typografie von der Kelmscott-Presse bis zu Emigre, Wintersemester 2013–2014

Kunstgewerbemuseen, Sommersemester 2014

Typografie um 1900, ein Vergleich (Deutschland, Frankreich, Großbritannien, Österreich-Ungarn und der Vereinigten Staaten), Wintersemester 2014–2015

Schriftenrevivals der 1950er und 1960er Jahre, Sommersemester 2015

Experimenteller Buchdruck und Schriftzeichnen, Wintersemester 2016–2017

Hochschule Darmstadt, Fachbereich Gestaltung: Darstellungsmethoden III/IV: Schriftgestaltung, Sommersemester 2009, Wintersemester 2009–2010, Sommersemester 2010, Sommersemester 2011, Wintersemester 2011–2012, Sommersemester 2012, Wintersemester 2012–2013, Sommersemester 2013, Wintersemester 2013–2014 und Sommersemester 2015

Experimentelles Gestalten I/II: Schriftgestaltung, Sommersemester 2012 und Wintersemester 2017–2018

Typografie 3: Wintersemester 2020–2021

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle: Schriftgestaltung anfangen! Kompaktwoche, Mai 2011

FSG Freie Schule für Gestaltung Hamburg: Typografie, Sommersemester 2010 und Wintersemester 2010–2011

Schriftgestaltung, Sommersemester 2011, Wintersemester 2011–2012, Wintersemester 2012–2013, Sommersemester 2014, Wintersemester 2014–2015, Sommersemester 2015, Wintersemester 2016–2017 und Sommersemester 2018

HBKsaar: Vektorisierung und Schriftgestaltung, Januar 2012 und Juni–Juli 2013

Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai: Western Typography, November–December 2016


Stencil lettering. Tage der Typografie, ver.di Institut für Bildung, Medien und Kunst. Lage-Hörste, Germany. June 7–10, 2007.

Logo design workshop. École Estienne. Paris, France. March 19, 2009. With Franck Jalleau and Jean-Baptiste Levée.

On the selection of newspaper typefaces. HBK Saar. Saarbrücken, Germany. November 17, 2009.

Introduction to Indic typeface design. Typography Day 2011, National Institute of Design. Ahmedabad, India. March 5, 2011. With Amélie Bonet, Erin McLaughlin, and Satya Rajpurohit.

Typography Master Class. Brand Perfect Tour, Hotel East. Hamburg, Germany. June 14, 2011.

Co-organizer of the Berlin Type School Away-Days 2016, hosted by the UdK TypoLabor. Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany. July 29–30, 2016. With Jenny Baese, Benedikt Bramböck, and Martina Flor.

The typographic poster as historical fiction. Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. Budapest, Hungary (online workshop). February 1–5, 2021. You can watch my introductory lecture, I you want.


Zurück in die Zukunft? Typo.Graphic.Beirut 2005, Lebanese American University. Beirut, Lebanon. April 13–15, 2005.

Enabling typography, worldwide. AdPrint 2006. Brasov, Romania. February 2006. With Arash Shahidi.

Face it: Keys to success. BrandCamp 2006. Bucharest, Romania. November 22–23, 2006. With Arash Shahidi.

Bend it like Benton: A swan song for Bank Gothic. 3rd ICTVC (International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication), University of Macedonia. Thessaloniki, Greece. June 18–24, 2007.

Wieso gibt es so viele Druckschriften? 5 Uhr T, Academy of Visual Arts. Frankfurt, Germany. February 18, 2009.

Linotype : Les caractères de la Platinium Collection. Platinum 2009: Linotype–École Estienne, Institut National du Patrimoine. Paris, France. April 10, 2009.

Do all Hindi newspapers really use the same typeface? TypeCon 2009. Atlanta/Georgia, USA. July 14–19, 2009.

Malabar. Oder, wieso es so viele Druckschriften gibt. Typografische Gesellschaft München. Munich, Germany. April 20, 2010.

Die Leidenschaft des jungen Multi-Script-Schriftgestalters. TYPO-Berlin 2010, Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Berlin, Germany. May 20–22, 2010.

Some of India’s most-read newspapers and their typefaces. 4th ICTVC (International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication), University of Nicosia. Nicosia, Cyprus. June 17–19, 2010.

The passion of the young, multi-script type designer. Type Talks, House of the Lords of Kunštát. Brno, Czech Republic. June 21, 2010.

Non-Latin typefaces for global clients. ATypI PreFace 2010, Dublin Institute of Technology. Dublin, Ireland. September 8–9, 2010.

Victor Hammer’s relationship with the Klingspor foundry. ATypI 2010, Dublin Castle. Dublin, Ireland. September 9–12, 2010.

Multilinguale Schriftentwicklungssysteme. Visual Systems Lectures, Berlin University of the Arts. Berlin, Germany. February 7, 2011. With Roman Wilhelm.

Webfonts: Das Web wird schöner. Webinale 2011, Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin. Berlin, Germany. June 1, 2011.

Forget the copies, go back to the source! What old books from the metal type era can still teach us. Typogravieh lebt 7, Lichthaus Kino (Bauhaus University Weimar). Weimar, Germany. June 24, 2011.

Reading Albert Kapr. ATypI 2011, Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Reykjavík, Iceland. September 15–18, 2011.

TrueType, OpenType, AllesType! Berlin InDesign User Group, Laserline Druckzentrum. Berlin, Germany. November 11, 2011. With Silke Ploog.

Alte Schriften werden durch Webfonts nicht besser. Webfontday, Typografische Gesellschaft München. Munich, Germany. November 19, 2011.

Typo Talk, Gespräche über Schrift. Gutenberg-Museum, Mainz, Germany. March 21, 2012. With Dani Klauser and Jakob Runge.

Die Marx–Engels Gesamtausgabe von Albert Kapr. Schrift/Macht/Welten. Typografie und Macht. Fünfte Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte e.V., Gutenberg-Museum. Mainz, Germany. May 4–5, 2012.

Albert Kapr und die Typografie der Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA). Talking Heads lecture number four, MZIN. Leipzig, Germany. July 11, 2012.

Type Design 101: Creating a design based on vernacular lettering. TypeCon 2012, Type & Design Education Forum. Milwaukee/Wisconsin, USA. August 2, 2012.

25 years of German typefaces, and the revivals still with us. TypeCon 2012. Milwaukee/Wisconsin, USA. August 3–5, 2012.

25 years of German typefaces, and the revivals still with us. Guest lecturer for Paul Shaw’s class at the School of Visual Arts. New York/New York, USA. February 12, 2013.

Kick-start your type prowess. OpenTechSchool Berlin UI/UX User Group #4, Co-Up. Berlin, Germany. March 26, 2013.

Saubere Typo mit InDesign. PubKon 2013. Berlin, Germany. April 18–20, 2013.

Klassische Druckschriften und Webfonts. PubKon 2013. Berlin, Germany. April 18–20, 2013.

Fontlab vs Glyphs. Funktioniert Schriftgestaltung heute? Beispiele aus Praxis und Lehre, Bauhaus-Archiv. Berlin, Germany. July 24, 2013.

The broad-nib pen in German design education from 1900 to 1914. ATypI 2013, Hotel Krasnapolsky. Amsterdam, Netherlands. October 9–13, 2013. [Watch online]

Von Erste Hilfe bis zur Font-OP: Gute Fonts, schlechte Fonts und technische Eingriffe in InDesign und Font-Editors. Berlin InDesign User Group, Laserline Druckzentrum. Berlin, Germany. October 25, 2013.

The Full Story of the German Modernist Movement in relation to Typography. typ.dk, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering. Copenhagen, Denmark. May 13, 2014.

Als Type Designer müsst du spinnen. InDesign User Group Rhein/Main, Verband Druck und Medien Hessen e.V. Frankfurt, Germany. May 19, 2014.

Lecture at the Image Knowledge Gestaltung interdisciplinary laboratory, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Berlin, Germany. June 13, 2014.

A few methods for teaching letter-drawing to graphic design students. ATypI 2014, BAU Design College, Barcelona, Spain. September 17–21, 2014. [Watch online]

Lecture at the Image Knowledge Gestaltung interdisciplinary laboratory, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Berlin, Germany. June 1, 2015.

Libre Devanagari fonts. Fontes et carac­tères dans tous leurs états, Campus Fonderie de l’Image, Bagnolet, France. December 1, 2015. With Mathieu Réguer.

East German typefaces: 25 years on. Face Forward 2015, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland. December 11–12, 2015.

East German typefaces: 25 years on. Typostammtisch Zürich, Switzerland. June 3, 2016.

Lecture for students in the CAS/MAS Type Design courses at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich, Switzerland. June 4, 2016.

Is it love, is it hate? Das E-Book, das mich inspiriert! E-Book-Pecha Kucha. E-Book Festival 2016. Colonia Nova, Berlin, Germany. June 25–26, 2016.

Did photography kill punchcutting? ATypI 2016, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland. September 13–18, 2016. [Watch online]

On the Suitability of Garamond for Brecht: Albert Kapr’s Leipzig School and Book Typography. The Typophiles Luncheon at the Grolier Club, New York/New York, USA. October 26, 2016.

Tell me about Type Design. Beijing Normal University Zhuhai Campus, Zhuhai/Guangdong, China. November 9, 2016.

Goudy und Koch. Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach am Main, Germany. February 1, 2017.

What proportion of a typeface’s design is the type designer responsible for? Narratives around designing and manufacturing type in Wilhelmine Germany. Kerning 2017, Faenza, Italy. June 9, 2017. [Watch online]

Schriften im Auftrag – Die HGB als Schmiede der Typoart-Schriften zwischen den 1950er und 1970er Jahren. Typotage 2018, Museum für Druckkunst, Leipzig, Germany. April 28, 2018. [Watch online]

Die Norddeutsche Schriftgießerei. Berlin Typostammtisch Pecha Kucha lecture evening, Moniteurs, Berlin, Germany. June 28, 2018.

How a Frenchman unknowingly became Germany’s first type designer. ATypI 2018, Arenberg Theater, Antwerp, Belgium. September 11–15, 2018. [Watch online]

New details about the origins of Akzidenz-Grotesk. Wrocław Type Forum 2018, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts, Wrocław, Poland. December 7–8, 2018.

Ante desinatores: Die Verbreitung einzelner serifenlosen Schriften durch das deutschsprachige Schriftgießereigewerbe im 19. Jahrhundert. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Germany. January 22, 2019. [Watch online]

The most characteristic hybrid typeface within nineteenth-century German type founding. Gotico-Antiqua, Proto-Roman, Hybrid: 15th century types between gothic and roman, Atelier national de recherche typographique, École nationale supérieure d’art et de design de Nancy, France. April 25–26, 2019. [Watch online]

Schriftgestaltung zu großherzoglichen Zeiten. Walbaum-Wochenende »100 Jahre Bauhaus«, Pavillon-Presse, Weimar, Germany. May 25–26, 2019.

German sans serif typefaces from the 19th century. TypeParis 2019, Le Tank, Paris, France. June 13, 2019. [Wach online]

Kurios und phantasiereich, aber selten zu sehen, die fast-vergessene Alphabete des französischen Kalligrafen Jean Midolle. 7. Dresdner Schriftenfest, Offizin Haag-Drugulin, Dresden, Germany. June 15–16, 2019.

Lecture on the history of the Berlin typefoundry H. Berthold AG. Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin, Germany. June 18, 2019.

Should every foundry have its own sans serif? Sans Everything #2, école supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens, France. October 24, 2019. [Watch online]

PhDs in Europe, Part One: Students. ATypI Working Seminar, école supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens, France. February 6–7, 2020. Panel discussion with Sahar Afshar, Petra Dočekalová, Borna Izadpanah, Sarah Kremer, and Ana Catarina Silva. [Watch online]

German designs in Archivio Typografico. Nebiolo Type Foundry, 1878–1978: New critical assessments, Castello del Valentino, Turin, Italy. September 16–17, 2021.

Weird but worthwhile: Otto Hupp’s typefaces for Genzsch & Heyse with Dan Reynolds. Herb Lubalin Lecture series [online lecture]. November 1, 2021. [Watch online]


The e-a-t exhibition: A selection of contemporary Czech and Slovak type design. Typotheque.com. October 2004.

“Inside the library at the Gutenberg Museum,” Linotype Matrix. Bad Homburg, Germany (Vol. 4 Issue 2, Spring 2006). Republished on iLoveTypography.com as “The library of the Gutenberg Museum,” Feburary 28, 2010.

“Mesquite, Rosewood: Where did these come from?” Slanted, Western Fonts. Karlsruhe, Germany (Issue 2, May 2006).

“Farewell Gill,” Slanted, Handmade Custom Fonts. Karlsruhe, Germany (Issue 3, October 2006).

Review of Fred Smeijers Counterpunch. iLoveTypography.com. December 2007.

“Geometric type and where it comes from,” Slanted, Geometrics. Porn. Karlsruhe, Germany (Issue 7, March 2009).

“Typography tomorrow 5: Typographic vacuum in a void called the future,” D+ Seoul, Korea (Volume 5, January–February 2010).

Review of Martin Majoor, Jan Middendorp, and Sébastien Morlighem’s José Mendoza y Almeida. iLoveTypography.com. April 2010.

“Create a text font in FontLab,” Computer Arts Projects. Bath, UK (Issue 137, June 2010).

Review of Adrian Shaughnessy’s How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul. TypeOff.de. November 2010.

“A Brief History of Uncial Type,” 8 Faces. United Kingdom (Issue 2, Winter 2010).

“Some new sans serif typefaces from France,” Slanted, Grotesk 1. Karlsruhe, Germany (Issue 13, March 2011).

»Typografie als Filter zwischen Inhalt und Lesbarkeit«, interview in Typoversity. Hamburg: Norman Beckmann Verlag & Design (2011). Pages 227–229.

“The Many Faces of India.” With Kimya Gandhi. Article in Jan Middendorp’s book Hand to Type: Scripts, Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy. Berlin: Gestalten (2012). Pages 18–23.

“Each of my Typefaces has its own History: Interview with Dieter Hofrichter.” Slanted, Slab Serif. Karlsruhe, Germany (Issue 20, November 2012). Previously published as part of the “Creative Characters” series in English on MyFonts.com and in German on MyFonts.de, April 2012.

Robothon 2012, RoboHint, and the Gerrit Noordzij Prize. Typographica.org. April 2012.

How To Choose The Right Face For A Beautiful Body. SmashingMagazine.com. May 2012.

»Schriftwahl – ästhetisch motiviert oder technikabhängig? Albert Kapr und die Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe«. Edited by Silvia Werfel. Journal für Druckgeschichte (Neue Folge Volume 18, 2012 Issue 4). Bound together with Deutscher Drucker. Ostfildern, Germany (Issue 36, November 29, 2012). Pages 27–28.

Socialist TV typeface Videtur finally freed. iLoveTypography.com. April 2013. With Christoph Koeberlin.

“The Origins of Senatus.” With Werner Schneider. Article in Paul Shaw’s book The Eternal Letter: Two Millenia of the Classical Roman Capital. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press (2015). Pages 208–211.

Contributing editor for the first 365typo: 365 stories on type, typography and graphic design. Edited by Linda Kudrnovská. Paris: étapes editions (2015).

Interview with Jovica Veljović for the “Creative Characters” series. In English on MyFonts.com and in German on MyFonts.de, February 2016.

Contributing editor for the second 365typo: 365 stories on type, typography and graphic design. Edited by Linda Kudrnovská. Paris: étapes editions (2016).

From the Collection: The Alphabet Lithographs of Jean Midolle. LetterformArchive.com. January 2018.

“Of centers and peripheries: Insights from two type designers in India.” Type Geist. Type Directors Club, New York (Issue 1, August 2018).

“Blackletter Today.” Communication Arts. Menlo Park, CA (Design Annual 59, September/October 2018 issue). Pages 182–185.

“The godfather: retracing the origins of Akzidenz-Grotesk.” Article in Mathieu Christe’s (ed.) Footnotes. Issue C. Geneva: La Police (2019). Pages 134–143.

An Essay on Typefounding. Excerpt from Werkstäte der heutigen Künste, oder die neue Kunsthistorie (vol. 2, 1762). In: CAST Cooperativa Anonima Servizi Tipografici (ed.): Cast it #3. Lazy Dog Press, Milan 2019. Translation of Halle’s text from German to English; I also wrote an accompanying introduction to the text.

New details about the origins of Akzidenz-Grotesk. klim.co.nz. November 2019.

“Hessen Typefaces and Bauhaus Lettering: Typographic Equals or Worlds Apart?” Article in Tobias Becker and Sandra Hoffmann Robbiani’s book Surfing Bauhaus – Hessen + Typography Links, Quotes, References, Data, Texts, and more. Berlin: Jovis Verlag (2019). Pages 190–195.

Review of Caroline Archer-Parré and Malcolm Dick’s (ed.) book John Baskerville: art and industry of the Enlightenment. In Paul Nash (ed.): Journal of the Printing Historical Society. New series, no. 31 (winter 2019). Pages 161–162.

“How Many Fonts Are in a Font?” Communication Arts. Menlo Park, CA (Typography Annual 10, January/February 2020 issue). Pages 20–23.

“New details about the origins of Akzidenz-Grotesk.” Article in Beata Bartecka, Maciej Majchrzak and Iwona Matkowska’s (eds.) book Typestories: Interviews and Papers on Typography and Type Design. Wrocław: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych we Wrocławiu 2020. Pages 93–110.

“The distribution of sanserif types across German typefoundries during the nineteenth century.” In Paul Nash (ed.): Journal of the Printing Historical Society. Third series, issue 1 (2020). Pages 123–145.

Louis Hoell and the making of the Eckmannschrift. Edited by Jérôme Knebusch and Alice Savoie. Frankfurt am Main: Poem Pamphlet 4 (2020).

“Midolline. The most characteristic hybrid typeface within nineteenth-century German type founding/Midolline. Le caractère hybride le plus représentatif de l’industrie typographique allemande du XIXe siècle.” In Christelle Kirchstetter, Thomas Huot-Marchand and Jérôme Knebusch (eds.): Gotico-Antiqua, proto-roman, hybrid, 15th-century types between gothic and roman/Caractères du XVe siècle entre gothique et romain. Nancy: Atelier National de Recherche Typographique and Frankfurt am Main: Poem 2021. Pages 135–160.

“About the Rotis typeface” (»Rotis: Über die Schrift«). In Ute Eskildsen and Gerhard Steidl (eds.): timm rautert – otl aicher/rotis. Göttingen: Steidl 2021. Pages 80–95. Thanks to Inga Plönnigs, who improved my German translation.

»Das unfertige Museum: Leonardo da Vincis Werk aus Sicht einer modernen technischen Sammlung im Deutschen Technikmuseum.« In Jürgen Renn, Matteo Valleriani, Sabine Hoffmann and Antonio Becchi (eds.): Leonardos intellektueller Kosmos. Florence: Giunti Editore 2021. Pages 253–260. With Nikolaus Weichselbaumer and Kerstin Wallbach.

“The Unfinished Museum: Leonardo da Vinci’s Work from the Perspective of a Modern Technical Collection in the Deutsches Technikmuseum.” In Jürgen Renn, Matteo Valleriani, Sabine Hoffmann and Antonio Becchi (eds.): Leonardo’s Intellectual Cosmos. Florence: Giunti Editore 2021. Pages 253–260. With Nikolaus Weichselbaumer and Kerstin Wallbach.

Published Translation Work

Rob Banham: »Die allergrößten Schriften Englands. Holzlettern für den Akzidenzdruck zwischen 1800 und 1830«. Article in Julia Blume, Pierre Pané-Farré, and Fred Smeijers’s (ed.) Vom Buch auf die Straße. Große Schrift im öffentlichen Raum. Journal der HGB #3. Leipzig: Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (2014). Pages 27–40. Translated from English to German. The original English-language article, “‘The largest type in England.’ Wood lettering for jobbing printing 1800–1830” appears in the same book on pages 181–192.

Pierre Pané-Farré: “What came after black and red? The development of chromaticity in letter-press posters by the German-speaking print industry from 1827 to 1865.” Article in Julia Blume, Pierre Pané-Farré, and Fred Smeijers’s (ed.) Vom Buch auf die Straße. Große Schrift im öffentlichen Raum. Journal der HGB #3. Leipzig: Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (2014). Pages 211–226. Translated from German to English. The original German-language article, »Was kam nach Schwarz und Rot? Zur Entwicklung der Farbigkeit im Hochdruck-Plakat des deutschsprachigen Druckereiwesens zwischen 1827 und 1865« appears in the same book on pages 61–80.

Christian Mengelt: “Typeface Redesign. Think before your draw.” Article in Mathieu Christe’s (ed.) Footnotes. Issue B. Geneva: La Police (2017). Pages 64–69. Translated from German to English.

Johann Samuel Halle: »Der Schriftgießer.« An Essay on Typefounding. Excerpt from Werkstäte der heutigen Künste, oder die neue Kunsthistorie (vol. 2, 1762). CAST Cooperativa Anonima Servizi Tipografici (ed.): Cast it #3. Lazy Dog Press, Milan 2019. Translated from German to English. I also wrote an accompanying introduction to the text.

typ-o.eu: Type classification website developed at the FH Aachen. I translated just about all of the text on the site.

Chris Campe and Ulrike Rausch: Designing Fonts: An Introduction to Professional Type Design. London: Thames & Hudson (2020). Translated from German to English. The book was originally published as Making Fonts! Der Einstieg ins professionelle Type-Design by the Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz in 2019.

Hendrik Weber: Italic: What gives Typography its emphasis. Salenstein: Niggli (2020). Translated from German to English. The book was originally published as Kursiv: Was Typografie auszeichnet by Niggli in 2010.

Press Coverage

»Das 27. Zeichen – Das Versal-ß soll die typografische Landschaft bereichern: Viele Typografen finden diese Initiative sinvoll, andere halten davon aber recht wenig.« PAGE. January 2008. Pages 52–54.

“type… four more emerging talents,” Allan Haley for STEP Inside Design. January–February 2008. Pages 106–111.

“Open brief,” Anna Richardson for Design Week. November 26, 2009. Pages 14–15.

»›Lebendig wirkend neue Wege suchen‹ – LT Malabar von Dan Reynolds, neue Satzschrift für das Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 2010/11«, Ralf de Jong in Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 2010. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. Pages 237–244.

“Letter heads,” Jo Spurling for Dekstop. September 2010. Pages 16–19.

“Update: Typtekens,” by Henk Gianotten for Publish. February 2011. Pages 14–15.

Interview on Typeradio. November 2013.

Video interview with BRUT magazine. HTW Berlin. February 2014.

“Q&A Dan Reynolds.” TypeParis. June 2019.

In the world of typefaces from the turn of the century: An interview with Dan Reynolds.” Article in Beata Bartecka, Maciej Majchrzak and Iwona Matkowska’s (eds.) book Typestories: Interviews and Papers on Typography and Type Design. Wrocław: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych we Wrocławiu 2020. Pages 39–46.

Interview about Akzidenz-Grotesk on the Swedish Inte min typ podcast episode „Vi måste måste prata om Akzidenz-Grotesk“. For non-Swedish listeners, skip ahead to 14:20 mark. The language switches to English until 40:50. March 2021.


Schrift in Form. Klingspor Museum. Offenbach, Germany. September 3–26, 2008.

55th annual typography exhibition. Worldwide-traveling exhibition of the Type Directors Club, 2009.

Winners of the Communications Design Category, Federal German Design Prize 2010. Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt. Frankfurt, Germany. February 13–March 7, 2010.

Schrift in Form. Bangkok International Typographic Symposium. Cadson Demak. Bangkok, Thailand. August 19–October 31, 2010.

Types for the New Century – An Exhibition of Contemporary Type Design. Worldwide-traveling exhibition of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers in London, 2012.

Schrift im 21. Jahrhundert. Museum für Druckkunst. Leipzig, Germany. March 10–May 5, 2013.

PRAXIS. Druckgrafik, Fotografie, Film, Bücher, Objekte, Skulptur, Klangkunst, Installation von MitarbeiterInnen aus der Praxis der Hochschule. Braunschweig, Germany. June 1–19, 2015.


Association Typographique Internationale, atypi.org

Verein der Freunde und Förderer des Fachbereichs Gestaltung der Hochschule Darmstadt e.V., fbg.h-da.de

Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Druckkunst Leipzig e.V., www.druckkunst-museum.de

Internationale Gutenberg-Gesellschaft in Mainz e.V., gutenberg-gesellschaft.de

Vereinigung der »Freunde des Klingspor Museums« e. V.

Letterform Archive, letterformarchive.org

Maximilian-Gesellschaft e.V., maximilian-gesellschaft.de

Pirckheimer-Gesellschaft e.V., pirckheimer-gesellschaft.org

The Printing Historical Society, printinghistoricalsociety.org.uk

Verein für die Schwarze Kunst, verein-fuer-die-schwarze-kunst.de

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, museumderdinge.de