Our contemporary revival type family LD Genzsch Antiqua was designed by Michael Wörgötter, Professor of Typography at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg. Michael spent a research semester on Genzsch & Heyse’s 1907 Nordische Antiqua – since 1912 known as Genzsch Antiqua – and its later additions. He was captivated by the high quality of the original lead type specimens and by Friedrich Bauer’s mastery and the punchcutters’ craftsmanship: Genzsch Antiqua is a symphony of eccentric irregularities which result in a vibrant harmony.
Michael’s contemporary digital interpretation LD Genzsch Antiqua celebrates these organic inconsistencies and the lack of straight lines or interpolatable shapes, and preserves the warm expression and legible quality of the original types that design heroes such as Jan Tschichold, László Moholy-Nagy, Kurt Schwitters and many others fell in love with and used throughout the first half of the last century. The overall family consists of seven fonts based on original styles: Normal, Halbfett, Fett, Schmalhalbfett, Schmalfett, Kursiv and Halbfett Kursiv.* Due to their aesthetic differences and inherent distinction, the individual styles lend themselves to a variety of applications – try Normal for continuous text or Schmalfett as a display face! – while remaining visually coherent. LD Genzsch Antiqua honours its historic roots and the stylistic curation and technical development this type family received over decades, while still offering a timeless look, a contemporary, extended character set, and up-to-date open type features.*As a nod to the original punchcutters and a celebration of the conscious style relations rather than a “ticked boxes” approach of interpolated styles, we kept the original style names. They translate to: Regular, Semibold, Bold, Condensed Semibold, Condensed Bold, Italic and Semibold Italic.
Small caps [regular styles only]
Historical hyphen [SS01]
Smaller figures [SS02]