F. H. Ernst Schneidler (1882-1956)
Friedrich Hermann Ernst Schneidler was a German type designer, calligrapher, printer, book designer, and teacher who is regarded as the founder of the "Stuttgart School".
He studied at the Commercial Art School in Düsseldorf under Peter Behrens and Fritz Helmuth Ehmcke. He then worked as a teacher in Solingen in 1905.
After serving in World War I, Schneidler took over the direction of the graphic design department of the Württemberg Commercial Art School in Stuttgart, and became a professor in 1921. In 1925, he began work on his exhaustive textbook on composition and design called "Wassermann", which he never completed. He became Professor Emeritus in 1949. Among his students were Albert Kapr, Imre Reiner, Rudo Spemann, and Georg Trump.
Schneidler died in 1956 leaving behind an extensive collection of paintings, calligraphic works, and writings which are now housed in the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach.
[DJD, October 2009]