Letterschilder Leo Beukeboom (Amsterdam, 1943): ‘Mijn eerste echte klant was een transportbedrijf. Een jongen van de Albert Cuyp hier die ik kende sprak me aan: hé Leo, mijn baas heeft letters op z’n auto nodig; jij bent toch letteraar of iets dergelijks. Ik zei: ja hoor, dat doe ik wel. Nou, dat ben ik wezen schilderen. Onzeker, op een krukje, weet je wel, een paar penselen kopen en wat potjes verf. Zoiets groots had … > Read article
ReType Foundry proudly introduces Brinkhuis. This typeface is a liberal interpretation of the Art-Deco lettering found on several facades of the famous avant-garde Betondorp neighborhood located in Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam. The original letters were probably designed by the Dutch architect Dick Greiner.
Paula Mastrangelo fixed many inconsistencies in the original model, completely redefined several letters, added punctuation marks, and turned a simple alphabet into a striking typeface, suitable for designing outstanding posters, book covers, logos, … > Read article
On Amsterdam’s west side is De Gouden Hoek, a chic fish & chips restaurant. Seton Beggs and Jochem Ruijgrok of local design agency Studio Bar were charged with designing a new graphic identity for the space. Determined to contribute to the city’s noble sign painting tradition, they designed a window sign in the distinctive local style. Studio Bar consulted with Ramiro Espinoza to ensure authenticity, making the final sign as beautiful and true … > Read article
In 2014 we presented Paula Mastrangelo’s first type family, Laski Slab. Over the last year, Ramiro Espinoza worked to expand the system and today we are proudly introducing Laski Sans, a refined humanistic sans addressing many of today’s design requirements, and specifically optimized for editorial and corporate use.
Laski Sans is a family of 20 fonts with weights finely balanced so that they can be easily combined in a wide range of environments. … > Read article
In the second number of 2016, Monocle magazine has published a well informed article telling the story of the Amsterdamse Krulletter’s origins and our efforts for preserving and reviving the tradition. Thanks a lot to Marie-Sophie Schwarzer and Monocle’s team for bringing attention to this topic. Thanks also a lot to Studio Bar and Jasper Andries from Amsterdam Signpainters for your design inputs and hard work.
Few months ago the identity agency Design Bridge Amsterdam contacted us for an assignment. Their office was recently renovated and – in accordance with their appreciation for local crafts and traditions – they wanted to recreate Amsterdam’s curly letter in a series of words to be painted on the doors of their meeting rooms.
Design Bridge Amsterdam’s building was once a stable. As a nod to this history each meeting room was named after a … > Read article
Becky Chilcott from Chil3 has amused us again with a beautifully designed book by author and journalist Susan Maushart. This Little World is Perth’s Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) centenary book. Although it has a fairly formal structure in terms of its 11 chapters, every page engages the viewer with different standout images, stories and factoids. The spirit of camaraderie, innovation and achievement are strong elements throughout the book in line with PLC’s 100 … > Read article
Simone Massoni is an Italian illustrator with a deep appreciation for typography. He runs the website chicksandtypes.com where he likes to pay homage to some of his favorite fonts. In past months well known typefaces like Meta, Archer and Matrix – among others, have been interpreted pairing each font with the illustration of a sensual woman that – in Massoni’s view – embodies the typeface’s attributes.
Last month it was the turn of our … > Read article
Few days ago Ramiro was invited by Design Bridge Amsterdam to talk about his research on the curly script of Amsterdam and how vernacular letters can be used in contemporary identity systems. Many thanks to Zayne Dagher, Marguerite Rubens and the rest of the Design Bridge team for a wonderful evening.
More information: http://www.designbridge.com/at-the-bar-with-ramiro-espinoza/