Walter Höhnisch

Biography

Type designer. Born 14 February 1906 in Dresden. Studied at Dresden Abendakademie für Kunstgewerbe. 1927: studied at Technische Lehranstalten (Kunstgewerbeschule), Offenbach a.M., under Rudolf Koch and subsequently worked as letterer. He then worked at the Ludwig & Mayer typefoundry where, in 1930, he began to design type. 1949-71: again worked at the Ludwig & Mayer type foundry as type designer and graphic artist. Later taught lettering at the Frankfurt and Offenbach a.M. Volkshochschule. Designed the following type faces (all from Ludwig & Mayer): Tempo, 1930-32; Werbeschrift deutsch, 1933; National, 1933-8; Skizze, 1935; Stop, 1939; Antiqua die Schlanke, 1938-9; Express, 1952.

Writings about

  • ‘”Stop”, eine neue Werbeschrift’ (A new advertising type), Deutscher Drucker, Oct. 1939, p. 24
  • WM, 1966
  • www.klingspor-museum.de.
  • note on typeface National, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., July 1938, p. 67
  • Friedrich Friedl, Nicolaus Ott, Bernard Stein, Typography – when/who/how, Cologne: Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, 1998., 1998

Collections

  • Klingspor Museum, Offenbach a.M.