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Maurice Goldring

The architect and typographer Maurice Goldring died on this day. He had developed multiple sclerosis in the 1980s, and had then largely disappeared from the consciousness of his professional colleagues. Born in 1928, Goldring trained as an architect. In the early 1950s he went to Zurich to work with Max Bill, and was among those who joined in the physical construction of the Hochschule für Gestaltung buildings at Ulm. Then he became a student at the HfG Ulm in its first years, where he began to turn to typography. Back in England he worked in the early 1960s with the publications department of the Royal Institute of British Architects, before setting up his own practice in London. Goldring was a strong proponent of standards and standardization in typography. He had no formal connections with Hyphen Press, though he was a friend and colleague of Anthony Froshaug, Peter Burnhill, and (more distantly) Norman Potter. But, apart from this website, there can be few avenues for recording and honouring his life and work. We hope to produce a fuller record in due course.