Hi everybody, i'm new to this forum; this is my first post.
I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some advice on the dissertation i'm writing in my final year at university. The focus of my dissertation is the role of typography in 2nd World War Nazi propaganda (havn't finalised the title yet). This subject is something I have always been interested in.
Here are a few key areas that i want to look into:
Can a typeface have a psychological or subliminal effect on the viewer ( for example, the ability of Fraktur to intimidate / persuade the public and communicate power, etc) ?
Did Nazi typography frequently feature blackletter typefaces because of its German heritage, or was it perceived to have communicative qualities that were appropriate for the Third Reich?
Were the skills of well-known and respected typographers harvested specifically for the creation of successful posters? Who were the main players in German typographic design / design in general?
To what extent did the technology available at the time of creation limit or shape the physical typography and as a result the message the designers were trying to communicate?
Is a typeface's ability to communicate something specific related directly to the physical letterforms, colour and composition, or does it have more to do with the viewer's associations with the typeface, which relate to it's previous use? For example, many people who see blackletter typography today may instantly draw associations of violence and Nazism - is this due to inherent qualities of the typeface, or simply due to the fact that the viewer has seen this sort of typography used in a violent context before?
Phew! Hope that all made sense. If anyone could offer some advice as to where would be a good place to look to go about answering some of these questions, or any general information about design and Nazi Germany, I would be eternally grateful.
Thanks for your time, and thanks in advance for any help you might be able to offer!