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The Designer Of Modern Hebrew, A Font Of Wisdom

Zvi Narkis, credited with reinventing the Hebrew letter, left a huge archive after his death. A new book will document this treasure, which is integral to the history of Israeli design.

Zvi Narkis and some of his creations
Zvi Narkis and some of his creations
Keren Tzuriel Harari

TEL AVIV Twenty years after discovering Hebrew letters and a talent for writing them, Zvi Narkis arrived from Romania to what would officially become Israel.

The country’s first years were quite modest, as were the letters of Hebrew. At that time, there were only four fonts and each one had just one or two versions (bold or italics, for example), and Narkis’ talent was exactly what the country needed.

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