Hermann Zapf, the designer of fonts such as Palatino, Optima,
Zapfino, Melior, Aldus, and the bizarre but much beloved Zapf
Dingbats, has died at age 96. The revered German typographer and
calligrapher passed away on June 4. In his long and prolific
career, Zapf worked on many fonts, but his personal favorite was
the humanist sans serif typeface Optima, the lettering chosen for
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, DC.