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Hans-Jürgen Ellenberger

Information about the typeface designer Hans-Jürgen Ellenberger and his fonts.

Born in 1950, in Germany, Hans-Jürgen Ellenberger began designing fonts while still at grammar school in the 1960s. These early fonts were the results of his caricatures, cartoons, and sketches. He also worked on the student newspaper before graduating from school in 1968. Study biology and chemistry at the University of Tübingen followed. He then trained as a science teacher and began teaching in 1975. He also illustrated schoolbooks.

Since the 1990s, he has been interested in computing and digital type design. It was this interest that helped him finish his Elementis font, which he first began in the 1970s. He started sketches for it, but only completed it in 1999 when software came to his rescue. Elementis subsequently won him the Type Directors Club best Type Design award in 2005. His work has also attracted other honours, including an Honourable mention in the 2003 International Type Design Contest, and a Certificate of Typographic Excellence in 2005 from the Type Directors Club.

The majority of his work is in creating handwriting or rough fonts, and they include Albafire, Albatross, Carlin Script, Colibri, Chemsymbols, Chemtools and Offix. He is also credited with the design of the Ampelfrau - the female form that graces Germany's pedestrian crossing lights.

[LC, October 2009]

Fonts designed by Hans-Jürgen Ellenberger:

Linotype Albafire
Linotype Albatross
Linotype Albawing
Linotype Aspect
Linotype Aspect Intro
Biosymbols LT One
Biosymbols LT Three
Biosymbols LT Two
Carlin Script
Linotype Carlin Script Initials
ChemSymbol LT One
ChemSymbol LT Two
Chemtools LT One
Chemtools LT Three
Chemtools LT Two
Linotype Colibri
Flying Objects
Linotype Inagur
Mateo Bold
Mateo Bold Outline
Linotype Offix
Linotype Pegathlon
Linotype Rana
Linotype Rana Bold
Linotype Traco

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