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Cover of twen magazine #3 1963, art direction by Willy Fleckhaus
Table of contents, twen magazine #3, 1963, art direction by Willy Fleckhaus

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[edit]

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. ^ a b "Twen magazine - The Most Influential Magazine of All Times?". Magazine Designing. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Twen Magazine: 1959-1970 Many designers will be... | Type Worship: Inspirational Typography & Lettering". 14 June 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b "twen: Big, Bold and Very Black (and White)". SPD. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "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.