ATypI Antwerp

Introducing the first variable font – from 1793

In September 2018 spoke at ATypI Antwerp. In my 20 minute talk I introduced Christian Gottlob Roßberg, a German clerk from the late 18th century. Roßberg worked on a stunning project: he envisioned a system of scripts which would harmonize together. Following the Renaissance approach, where science and art were intermingled, his aim was to encapsulate the beauty of letters in a mathematical system. Watch the talk to find out about the first variable font in history.

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Photos by Michael Bundscherer