MAY 18 "Schablonenschrift" in the Times Literary Supplement
"Schablonenschrift" in the Times Literary Supplement
The Times Literary Supplement published an image without attribution of Josef Albers's Schablonenschrift in the May 2, 2018, article "Thin as a bubble: Why typefaces can be more beautiful—and interesting—than you might think." Nicholas Fox Weber's letter to the editor was published on May 18, 2018.
Sir,—In the issue of March 2 (p3), a unique and stunning typeface design was reproduced without identification. It is Josef Albers's 1926 Schablonenschrift. Albers, who was then at the Bauhaus as a teacher, was fascinated by typography. He created this entire alphabet—the one shown in the TLS—with each letter composed of circles or squares or parts thereof, a deliberately minimal vocabulary of form. The version of his lettering that is shown was initially reproduced in the magazine Offset: Buch und Werbekunst, No. 7, in the same year that he created it. But when I knew Josef in the 1970s, he was still fine-tuning the lettering, insisting he had never got the "z" right. Its clarity was essential to him, as was its rhythm. At the age of eight-five, he finally achieved a "z" that satisfied him.
—Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation