Twen was a West German magazine that was published from 1959 to 1971, and known for its innovative design and typography.[1][2]

History and profile

Twen was launched in 1959 as a bimonthly magazine[3] and the first issue appeared in April 1959.[4] The founders were Hans A. Nikel and Hans Hermann.[5] However, there is another report citing the founders as Adolf Theobald and Stephen Wolf.[4] In September 1961 the magazine became a monthly publication.[3] Willy Fleckhaus was Twen's art director throughout its existence.[1][2] Notable photographers included Christa Peters.[6]

Twen was pitched at "people in their twenties, from 15 to 30", thus its name, Twen.[2] It was read in both West and East Germany.[4] The magazine folded with the June 1971 issue.[4]


  1. "Twen magazine - The Most Influential Magazine of All Times?". Magazine Designing. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. "Twen Magazine: 1959-1970 Many designers will be... | Type Worship: Inspirational Typography & Lettering". 14 June 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  3. "twen: Big, Bold and Very Black (and White)". SPD. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  4. "Twen". Eins Eins Eins. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  5. Timothy Scott Brown (10 October 2013). West Germany and the Global Sixties: The Anti-Authoritarian Revolt, 1962–1978. Cambridge University Press. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-107-02255-3. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  6. "Christa Peters". Stadtmuseum Povelturm, Nordhorn. Retrieved 25 April 2017.

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