Jan Tschichold was one of the 20th Century’s most influential typographers and book designers.
Born in Leipzig, Germany, in April 1902, Tschichold’s early inspiration came from his father’s work as a sign writer.
Jan was taught the importance of calligraphy and it was this training that was to later set him apart from other typographers.
Tschichold’s career was threatened by the rise of Adolf Hitler, who insisted that all designers had to register with the Ministry of Culture. The Nazis were hostile to any teachers who they believed were “sympathetic” to communism.