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Dutch Type

Jan Middendorp writes that his “interest in Letterforms and text faces by Dutch designers such as Hollander, Caecilia, Quadraat, Theses”, were the main triggers for writing his 2004 book “Dutch Type“.

As someone who used to carry a Dutch passport prior to swapping it for an Australian one over a decade ago, this book triggers more than an interest in fonts. It somehow takes me back to my roots 🙂 Remembering how whilst attending Rotterdam’s Print Technology Trade College (Grafische School Rotterdam), we had to handdraw typefaces. We learnt about the history of some common international typefaces, serifs, sans-serifs etc. Sadly little was taught in those days on the history of Dutch Type, Jan’s book would certainly fill that gap in my opinion.

Web-reference: Dutch Type (Jan Middendorp, 2004)

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