You may not realise it, but Hermann Zapf is and has been a part of your daily life for years. The type designer, who died this week at age 96, was a leader in his field, providing the world with around 200 different typefaces. As his fellow designer Matthew Carter told the New York Times, "Type design is constrained by the alphabet. The designs have to be read, so we cannot change the nature of the alphabet beyond a certain amount without losing the readers. Zapf's ability to find originality in his face while not going outside the acceptable canon of legibility is really a triumph."
As a small tribute to Mr. Zapf and his passion for creating beautiful letters, here are some of his fonts that you're bound to recognise.