About me

As you can see from my CV: I have dedicated my life to letters. They are my ‘ikigai’, the reason I get up in the morning.

My goal is to shake of the frumpy image of penmanship being a handicraft, and grant it a well deserved place in our modern society.

My approach

What you will find here are not hands made into perfection, but that are full of personality. As an inspiration I use the most characterful hands from history.

My background as a graphic designer and typographer make that I look at it from a broader perspective. I am on a quest to find new aesthetics for handwriting by combining it with type and typography.

I believe the combination of printed letters, drawn letters (both analog and digital) and handwriting is very exciting. This is an exploration, which means that I am not there yet. However, I’m determined to reach my goal.

Lecture about my work at BNO Image Lab, Rotterdam 2018

I drink the cheapest and most ordinary coffee.
I am not vegan.
I listen to all kinds of music; from Mozart to André Hazes, from Armenian duduk to bebop jazz. I only truly dislike fusion rock.
I have a fascination for car number plates.
My favourite pen is a bic ballpoint.
My biggest wish is to ride a wild Icelandic horse in Iceland.

I have no hobbies.

Education

2016 – 2017
Master degree Expert class Type Design at The Plantin Institute of Typography, Antwerp (Belgium)

2003
Master degree (Type&Media), The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (The Netherlands)

2000
Internship at Penguin Putnam Inc., NYC. (USA)

1998 – 2002
Bachelor Typographic Design, The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Experience

2003 – now
Independent typographic designer, focussing on experiment and research in handwriting, type and typography.

2017 – now
Teacher and instructor in Type & Typography at the Publication Station, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

2015 – 2016
Teacher Calligraphy and Type at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (The Netherlands)

2007 – 2015
Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

It started with teaching typography to a small group of students for a few hours a week. Soon this became a full time position: Head of the Graphic Design Department, assessor, member of the admission board, guiding internships, managing projects, and developing curricula.

Qualifications

Language skills
Dutch — Native
English — Fluent
German — Conversational

2017
Registered freelance teacher at CRKBO

2013
Cambridge Proficiency in English

2010
Degree for lecturers in universities of applied sciences (in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Didactische Bekwaamheid or BDB)

Teaching cursive writing at the KABK, The Hague (2016)