Yesterday, we lost Hermann Zapf. Brilliant type designer, a very special person. Hermann was 96.
He lived in Darmstadt, Germany and had been an Honorary member of the board of the TeX Users Group since 1980, with the deserved title of “Wizard of Fonts”.
Hermann Zapf directly contributed to the TeX world with the Euler fonts and with several discussions with Donald Knuth about the design of the Computer Modern fonts. His legacy to the world of typography and type design is too big to be reduced to a list of his contributions: just the mention of Palatino, Optima and Zapfino, three fonts he designed, can illustrate his craftsmanship in type design.
Hermann was also a precursor of micro-typography in computer aided typesetting, with his HZ system on which the micro-typographic features of pdfTeX, XeTeX and LuaTeX are based.
Thank you for everything, Hermann.