David Hebrew: The First Multi-Style Hebrew Typeface Family

Ismar David was a remarkable type designer who began creating an innovative Hebrew typeface design in the 1930s. The resulting multi-style family contained features that would be considered ground breaking for decades to come – and yet it never received the recognition it deserved. Beginning with an outline of the historical and technological contexts, followed by a recount of Ismar David’s impressive life story, the author sets the stage for a detailed visual analysis of David Hebrew. Shani Avni gives the reader valuable insight into his influences and process, supported by a considerable amount of visual material from David’s archives.


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