Rudolf Koch (1876-1934)
Born in Nuremberg, one of the great centres of printing, Koch was a deeply religious man who tried to unite work and life in a harmonious whole. In 1898, he discovered art nouveau and started to experiment with calligraphy. Nearly all the types he designed later were developed from calligraphy.
He had to leave school early when his father, a sculptor, died. He served an apprenticeship as a metal worker. He got a post as designer with the Klingspor Foundry and it was here that he designed his many typefaces including Deutsche Schrift, Wilhelm Klingspor Schrift, and Locarno.
"Lettering gives me the purest and greatest pleasure."