I’m sure Erik Spiekermann will be a name you have heard of. Erik Spiekermann is a god of Typography and Graphic Design, and has been one of my heroes for many years. In 1989, Erik Spiekermann & Neville Brody created FontShop, who have produced a series of fonts and released the book FontBook. The cover is pictured below, and in itself is a wonderful piece of design. This is just my style – simple, huge amounts of white space, a thick black font, quirky design (in the overlapping of ‘front fore’, and the type coming off the page) and the use of a single colour.

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Spiekermann was the designer of many fonts such as Berliner Grotesk, Lo-Type, ITC Officina Sans, ITC Officina Serif, FF Meta, FF Govan, FF Info, FF Unit, FF Meta Serif and FF Unit Slab.

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One of my favourite pieces of work Spiekermann produced was for Robert Bosch. Bosch had a long history of using the font Akzidenz Grotesk (Design by Berthold Type Foundry in 1896 and was the first sans serif typeface to be widely used).

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As part of a new corporate branding, Robert Bosch was working on with his team at United Designers, and Erik Spiekermann was asked to imagine what Akzidenz could have been if it took a rounder, friendlier approach. The result was Bosch Sans, a simple but friendly sans with a distinctive semi-cursive italic, which later developed into a full family of type, pictured below.

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Erik Spiekermann is also well known for his Information design. He has produced signage for the train systems of Germany, Airport signs and also designing a typeface for small print on Medicine Notes. Erik Spiekermann is one of my design heroes 100%, and I’m sure throughout the remaining Design Heroes lectures from our Lecturers, he will be mentioned and I hope to shown some of his work I haven’t seen before.

http://www.orangeitalic.com/bosch.shtml

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