Lost typography from the Bauhaus masters.
Beautifully re-created for you.

After almost 100 years, original typography sketches and unpublished letter fragments from the legendary Bauhaus school of design were rediscovered and are now ready to inspire a new generation of designers. Five beautiful alphabets have been meticulously completed and digitized by an international team of students guided by renowned type designer Erik Spiekermann. Now, for the first time, we’re making these fonts available exclusively to Creative Cloud members, so you can design with piece of living history.

Flavia Joost-Stencil font Joost Schmidt photo

Joost Schmidt

Creator of the now-famous poster for the 1923 Bauhaus Exhibition in Weimar, Germany, Schmidt taught calligraphy and directed the advertising, typography, and printing workshop at the Bauhaus school of design in Dessau. More than any other master or student, he shaped the graphic design style we identify with the Bauhaus today.

Joschmi

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Luca Xanti-Modern Xanti Schawinsky photo

Xanti Schawinsky

A multi-talented painter, photographer, architect, graphic designer, saxophonist, and stage designer, Schawinsky taught classes in set design. After leaving Bauhaus Dessau, he worked as a graphic designer in Italy, creating iconic artwork for major brands such as Cinzano, Motta, Illy, and Olivetti.

Xants

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Carl Rounded font Carl Marx photo

Carl Marx

Marx enrolled at Bauhaus after apprenticing as a decoration painter. He studied with Joost Schmidt, Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and was part of the group that tried to revive the Bauhaus after World War II. A counterculture figure, he struggled as an artist before achieving recognition in the 1970s. In 1986, he returned to Dessau for a major retrospective of his work.

CarlMarx Regular & Bold

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Alfred Arndt font Alfred Arndt photo

Alfred Arndt

Arndt was with the Bauhaus for many years, first as a student in fine art painting with Wassily Kandinsky and carpentry with Marcel Breuer. He left in 1928 after passing his master’s exam and worked as a freelance architect, but returned to become director of the building and interior design departments. His posters are among the most important typographic works of the Bauhaus. In his later years, he continued to work in architecture, advertising, and graphic design.

Alfarn

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Reinhold Rossig font Reinhold Rossig photo

Reinhold Rossig

One of the most prolific typeface designers at the Bauhaus, Rossig originally trained as a civil engineer before coming to Dessau in 1929 to focus on fine-art painting and architecture. He studied a wide variety of disciplines under Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Joost Schmidt, and Alfred Arndt. He was jailed by the Nazi regime because of his ties to the communist party and later worked as an architect in his native Germany, while continuing to pursue fine art painting and graphics.

Reross Quadratic & Rectangular

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Design. Share. Win.

Ready to design like a master? Enter one or more of our five design challenges over the coming months. Use the newly released Bauhaus Dessau fonts to build the elements of a brand identity: Logo, poster, business card, homepage, and Behance project. The grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Dessau, Germany to visit the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and UNESCO World Heritage site.

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The birthplace of modern design.

The Bauhaus was founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany by architect Walter Gropius. Literally translated as “building house,” the Bauhaus style was born out of the challenge of designing basic necessities like buildings, tables, and chairs, with the core idea that form follows function.

In 1925 the school moved to the industrial city of Dessau, where its ideal of creating a new unity of crafts, art, and technology flourished. Many now-iconic designers called the Bauhaus home, and their legacy of industrial design and functional yet striking typography lives on today.

The vanguard of the avant-garde.

By marrying industrial technology and fine art, the Bauhaus masters and their students designed functional objects that could be mass-produced with modern machinery. Their concrete and steel buildings, minimalist furniture, and bold lettering for advertising posters continue to inspire creatives in all fields of art and design.

Typography that leaves a lasting imprint.

Typography from Bauhaus Dessau is instantly recognizable. Simple geometric forms, unadorned with serifs. Vibrant, expressive colors. Balanced layouts that convey a clear and direct message. Some of the world’s most celebrated ad layouts, political posters, album covers, and logo designs owe their power to lettering designs created at Bauhaus Dessau.

Behind the project.

One of the foremost authorities in the field of typography, Erik Spiekermann led the effort to turn the lost letter fragments and sketches into complete and fully functional fonts. Working with experts at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, he supervised a team of typography professionals and design students in collaboration with five international universities. The fonts are now available to you.

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