A collection of work inspired the work of Dutch typographer and graphic designer, Wim Crouwel.
The Dutch have aways been well-respected in the world of design. From the physical structure of their cities reclaimed from the sea to the visual structure created by some of the most famous artists of all time, design has played an immense role in The Netherlands’ international acclaim.
Of these influential figures, Wim Crouwel stands out as perhaps one of the greatest typographers the world has ever seen. The book was created to showcase his work. The layout design of the book and prints was directly inspired by Mr. Crouwel’s design approach and aesthetic.
Crouwel’s graphic work is particularly known for his grid-based layouts and use of typography developed in the International Typographic Style.
The New Alphabet
Wim Crouwel created many typefaces during his active design career. Of these some of the most well-known was the New Alphabet designed to be used in a digital format, something much lesser known in 1967 than it is today.
To accompany the book, a series of 3, silkscreened posters were also created, inspired by Wim Crouwel’s design aesthetic.
Each poster was inspired by specific designs Wim Crouwel is best known for. The image on the left pays tribute to the collection of postal stamps designed for the Netherlands in circulation between 1976-2002.
Of many aspects of design attributed to Crouwel, his persistant use of a highly structured grid creating distinct typographic order is one of his landmark achievements.
Crouwel will always remain as a strong example of typographic excellence and a world-renown designer. He was one of the first individuals to anticipate the rapid changes in design processes after the development of the Cathode Ray Tube (the technology uses in early TV’s and screens).