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Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann

Information about the typeface designer Erik Spiekermann and his fonts.

Erik Spiekermann, born 1947, studied History of Art and English in Berlin. He is an information architect, type designer, and author of books and articles on type and typography. He was founder (1979) of MetaDesign, Germany's largest design firm. Projects included corporate design programmes for Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen, Lexus, Heidelberg Printing and wayfinding projects like Berlin Transit, Düsseldorf Airport and many others.

In 1988 he started FontShop, a company for production and distribution of electronic fonts. Erik is board member of ATypI and the German Design Council and Past President of the istd, International Society of Typographic Designers, as well as the iiid. In 2001 he left MetaDesign and is now managing partner and creative director of Edenspiekermann with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and San Francisco.

He redesigned The Economist magazine in London for its relaunch in 2001. His book for Adobe Press, "Stop Stealing Sheep" is in its second edition as well as published in German and in Russian. His corporate font family for Nokia was released in 2002. In 2003 he received the Gerrit Noordzij Award from the Royal Academy in Den Haag. His type system DB Type for Deutsche Bahn was awarded the Federal German Design Prize in Gold for 2006. In May 2007 he was the first designer to be elected into the Hall of Fame by the European Design Awards for Communication Design.

Erik is Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts in Bremen and in 2006 received an honorary doctorship from Pasadena Art Center. He was made an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in Britain in 2007 and Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation by the European Union for 2009.

[Erik Spiekermann, December 2009]


Fonts designed by Erik Spiekermann:

Axel Bold
Berliner Grotesk
Berliner Grotesk Bold
Fira Mono
Fira Mono Bold
Fira Sans
Fira Sans Bold
Fira Sans Light
FF Govan
FF Govan Condensed
FF Govan Expanded
FF Govan One Dingbats
FF Govan Two Dingbats
FF Info Correspondence
FF Info Display
FF Info Display Bold
FF Info Text
FF Info Text Bold
FF Meta
FF Meta Black
FF Meta Bold
FF Meta Book
FF Meta Condensed
FF Meta Condensed Black
FF Meta Condensed Bold
FF Meta Condensed Book
FF Meta Correspondence
FF Meta Hairline
FF Meta Headline
FF Meta Headline Compressed
FF Meta Headline Condensed
FF Meta Serif
FF Meta Serif Black
FF Meta Serif Bold
ITC Officina Display
ITC Officina Display Arrows
ITC Officina Sans
ITC Officina Sans (EF)
ITC Officina Sans Bold
ITC Officina Serif
ITC Officina Serif (EF)
ITC Officina Serif Bold
FF Unit
FF Unit Black
FF Unit Rounded
FF Unit Rounded Black
FF Unit Rounded Ultra
FF Unit Slab
FF Unit Slab Ultra
FF Unit Thin
FF Unit Ultra

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