Courses in typography for (graphic) design professionals
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How do I make you feel confident?
By working from your own potential, rather than imposing my ways or ideas (or anyone else’s) on you.
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)
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During my second year of my bachelor in Graphic Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy, I had the pleasure of meeting Britt Möricke.
As my primary typography teacher, Britt’s greatest strength lays in her ability to recognise and adapt her teaching to my needs as a student. Combined with her breadth of typographic knowledge, she was able to guide me, no matter where I was in my learning process: through the basics of italic and roman calligraphy, the legibility of type as well as the typographic hierarchy and placement of type on a page.
In particular, her assignments helped me be less anxious about the world of typography. She would ask me to cut letters apart into interesting compositions in order for me to compose my favourite word, ‘balloon’, within these shapes and in such a way that would express the meaning of the word. In the end, and without realising it, I had made a typographic poster.
In this way, Britt has been able to show me both the playful as well as the more scholarly sides of typography, which in my experience are two contrasts rarely found in one teacher.
Graduation student WdKA, 2020
From a young age, I have had a deep interest in letters. However, I missed a steady basis in the underlying system.
Britt made me understand this.
Her enthusiasm, knowledge and wide range of references —from classic examples to playful experiments— showed me the origins of the letter shapes. However, and this is more important, she showed me what they could be, without a value judgment about what is right or wrong.
After I graduated from highschool, I decided to see more of the world. I left Holland for working at an Icelandic horse farm in Scotland. I was taking care of over 70 horses, each one not only being different in color, but also in character.
There was this beautiful black horse, with mane till its shoulder, strong gates, slim… I felt like a queen riding this one. I like wild horses, and this one looked like it. But it wasn’t.
If I asked the horse to turn right, it turned right. If I asked it to stop, it stopped. If I asked it to go faster, it went faster. Boring.
When I asked the trainer about it, he explained that this horse was trained in Germany. There they break down the character of the horse first, and then build it up again, just the way they expect the horse to behave.
On Iceland however, horses are trained from their character, emphasizing on the good sides, improving the ‘bad’ sides. You can clearly notice this when riding one of these horses: they always have charged batteries, full of life!
And that’s how I teach. Being strict as a rule doesn’t work, being kind as a rule also doesn’t work. It totally depends on the needs and character of the individual student. To me, teaching is 40% sharing my knowledge and 60% knowing how to handle human nature.