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I would like to announce Hans Eduard Meier’s 85th birthday on 30th December 2007. He still is in very good shape and works on his PC (Windows) daily from 6 till 11 am.
There are different birth dates of Hans in type history and also different spelling (Meyer) due to a mistake in the birth certificate (!). Anyway, the above infos are totally correct.
Hans Eduard Meier designed Syntax Antiqua (hot metal type at Stempel foundry 1968–72), and for the Federal Technical Institute in Zurich Barbedor, Syndor, Oberon, Barbetwo. Meier designed for Linotype LT Syntax, Letter, and Lapidar. Elysa is a type for E+F, they also worked with Hans on a new ‘Schulschrift’ [School script] for primary schools in Switzerland (www.Schulschrift.ch). The fonts ABC are available at E+F.
Meier wrote his standard work ‘Development of Script and Type’ (reprint by Syndor Press, now available at Niggli).
Hans has always been less known than other Swiss type designers. I’m sure he will be pleased receiving some greetings from one or the other from this list.
His address is:
H E M
Thankyou, and good wishes for a great New Year,