Gudrun Zapf von Hesse

Indices : Designers : Gudrun Zapf von Hesse

Gudrun Zapf von Hesse is a master book binder and lettering artist in pre- and post-WWII Germany. In the late 1940s, she started teaching at the Städel School of Art in Frankfurt. A typeface that she had been working on since the 1930s, Diotima, was released by D. Stempel AG around this time. Somehow, she must have met the chief in-house type designer there (Hermann Zapf), as they were married in the early 1950s.

In the 1980s, Gudrun Zapf von Hesse began designing typefaces again. She released several typefaces through URW, Bitstream, Berthold, and Linotype.

She lives with her husband in Darmstadt, Germany. The Zapfs have a beautiful house, full of typographic treats.

All of Gudrun Zapf von Hesse’s Linotype faces are available on this overview page at the Linotype Website