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Dutch Type by Jan Middendorp

Detail of the cover, typeface OurType Fresco Sans. The silver is sikscreen printed.

Dutch type design

Design with collegue Bart de Haas.
This book was presented in March 2004.

On the publisher's website:
In this best-seller Jan Middendorp presents a comprehensive overview of old and new type design in the Netherlands. There is probably no other country that boasts a type design culture as dense as that of the Netherlands. Middendorp traces its origins in the groundbreaking work by punchcutters, type designers and lettering artists from the 15th to the 20th century.
This book also gives insight into the motives and methods of the current type design community, showing published and unpublished typefaces as well as sketches, studies and samples of unfamiliar lettering work.

Size: 220 x 274 mm.
320 pages.
Full color.
Typeface: OT Versa (on cover: OT Fresco Sans).

Some comments from the press:
This is a phenomenally informative book that for the first time connects an overview of the richness and variety of current Dutch type design to a thorough sketch of its historical roots. A must for every type lover.
Max Bruinsma in Form, September/October 2004, pp. 101
No question about it, Dutch Type is one of the best books on the history of type to be published in the past decades. An invaluable reference book.
Paul Shaw in PRINT Magazine, September/October 2004, pp. 28
The wires in one's brain will regularly crackle in recognition.
Hans Hoekstra in Het Parool, April 8th 2004
Umfangreich und schön gestaltet ist Jan Middendorps Buch über niederländisches Typedesign.
Page # 5, 2004, pp. 102
An unusually thorough handbook, sumptuously illustrated in colour.
Peter Yvon de Vries in NRC Handelsblad, May 14th 2004

Best book designs 2004

Together with 49 others this book was nominated best book design of the year 2004.
It was exposed at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam from October 21 until December 4 in 2005.

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