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Walter Baum (1921-2007)

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]

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