The voice of reason
Friedrich Bauer was a type designer, typographer and printer, whose legacy includes numerous essays and articles on type and printing technology in the late 19th and early 20th century. Without question his essential contribution to type history is the Chronik der Schriftgießereien in Deutschland und den deutschsprachigen Nachbarländern (chronicle of type foundries in Germany and the German speaking neighboring countries), published in 19281. Towards the end of his career, in 1934, Bauer designed a grotesk typeface2 that bears his name; a design that never gained much recognition in the era it was released in. Eighty years later Friedrich-Bauer-Grotesk has been rediscovered, carefully digitized and re-released as FF Bauer GroteskTM typeface.