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Walter Baum (1921-2007)

Information about the typeface designer Walter Baum and his fonts.

Born in Gummersbach, Germany in 1921, Walter Baum worked variously as a type designer, graphic artist, and teacher. He trained as a typesetter before studying at the Meisterschule für das gestaltende Handwerk (school for creative trades) in Offenbach. With his studies complete, he joined Frankfurt's Bauersche Gießerei, where he eventually became director of its graphic studio. From 1972 until 1986 he was the director of Kunstschule Westend (Westend Art School) in Frankfurt am Main.

He collaborated with Konrad F. Bauer, and together they were responsible for designing various typefaces, including Volta, Folio, Verdi, and Impressum. He died aged 85 in 2007.

[LC, December 2009]

Fonts designed by Walter Baum:

Folio
Folio (URW)
EF Folio B Light
Folio Bold
Folio Bold Condensed
Folio Condensed (URW)
Folio Extra Bold
Folio Extra Bold (URW)
EF Folio Extra Condensed
Folio Light
Folio Light (URW)
EF Impressum
Impressum
Impressum (URW)
Impressum Bold
Impressum Light (URW)
Linotype Volta
EF Volta
Volta

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