I consider myself to be a generalist within a specialisation.
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.
Where does my passion for typography come from?
Best way to understand is to read my story. Or better: my love story. I read it to the audience of BNO ImageLab in Rotterdam as a portfolio presentation. It seemed it brought some people an odd tear to their eyes.
It’s quit a long story, in which I share my background and references.
Here’s the short version: I dedicate my life to letters. They are —as the Japanese call it— my ikigai, my reason for living.
Really? I hear you saying. ‘Yes, really’.
I am a thinker, but I need the process of making just as much, to get out of my head. That’s why I describe my work as visual thoughts.
The starting point is always a question that I try to answer. For myself, or to explain something to you.
2016 – 2017
Master degree Expert class Type Design at The Plantin Institute of Typography, Antwerp (Belgium)
Master degree (Type&Media), The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (The Netherlands)
Internship at Penguin Putnam Inc., NYC. (USA)
1998 – 2002
Bachelor Typographic Design, The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (The Netherlands)
2003 – now
Independent typographic designer, focussing on experiment and research in 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.
Dutch — Native
English — Fluent
German — Conversational
Registered freelance teacher at CRKBO
Cambridge Proficiency in English
Degree for lecturers in universities of applied sciences (in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Didactische Bekwaamheid or BDB)