Pesach Steven (Istvan) Irsai
(Hungary, 1896 – Israel, 1968)
Irshai was born in Budapest. After serving as an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army, he studied architecture at the Budapest Institute of Technology. He worked as a graphic designer and was active in Zionist organizations. In 1925, he immigrated to the Land of Israel, where he was one of the leading graphic designers, including the design of the modern Hebrew font “Haim”, named after Haim Nachman Bialik. In 1929, he returned to Hungary, were he continued to work in graphic design for Zionist agencies. In 1944, he was deported to Bergen-Belsen on the board of the “Kasztner Train”. Along with the rest of the “Kasztner” survivors he immigrated to the Land of Israel in 1945, and settled in Tel-Aviv. He returned to graphic design and wrote articles on typography and design.
He developed a new, modern design style and contributed greatly to the field of Israeli graphic design in its infancy.