Lectures in 2005-2006 | Messing with messages
28 October 2005: Alessio Leonardi
8 December: Rene Knip and Richard Niessen
16 december: Gerard Unger
12 January 2006: Peter Bilak
2 February: Why Not associates
30 March: John Maeda
19 April: Alex Trub & Urs Lehni and Laurent Benner
Alessio Leonardi (IT) | 28 October 2005
Alessio Leonardi is an Italian type and graphic designer who has lived in Berlin, Germany, since 1990. He worked at MetaDesign with Erik Spiekermann and was then (until 2005) one of the two owners of the Design Studio Leonardi.Wollein in Berlin. Today he and his wife Imme Leonardi run the Studio Lion&Bee. As regards his typographical work, since 1992 many of his typefaces have been published by FontShop International and Linotype Library. He was co-founder of the fontlabels Face2Face (with Alexander Branczyk, a.o.) and Fontology (with Fabrizio Schiavi). Since 2001, he has been the Italian delegate at the ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale). In 2002, he founded the Company BuyMyFonts.com which produces typefaces for corporate applications as well as for standard use (sold on the internet at www.BuyMyFonts.com). In 2008 he created the BMF Change, the Corporate Typefaces Family for the city of Berlin. Alessio Leonardi writes articles for type and design magazines worldwide and gives lectures at international conferences. In 2004, he wrote, drew and published the book From the Cow to the Typewriter: the (true) History of Writing. In 2006, Mergenthaler Editions published (with Jan Middendorp) his second book, A Line of Type. 120 years of typographic history. He was visiting professor for Corporate and Information Design at the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, Germany. His corporate design references include wdr, Springer Verlag, Schering ag, Linotype Library and cecil. His typefaces include Schering Sans, Schering Serif, Schering Letter, FF Letterine, FF Matto, FF Priska Little Creatures, F2F Simbolico, F2F Tagliatelle Sugo, BMF Elleonora Dun Cane, BMF Testuale and BMF Pinacoteca Brera.
Rene Knip (NL) | 8 December 2005
René Knip (°1963) graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts St. Joost, Breda, The Netherlands in 1990 after having spent time living in France and England. In 1995 René Knip started his own graphic design company called Atelier René Knip. He combines a craftsman’s use of materials with a personal concept of design in which he works together with authors and poets. He has designed numerous typefaces and environmental graphics projects and outdoor installations, mixing vernacular with constructivist aesthetics. Gebroeders Knip was founded with his brother, Edgar Knip, who is an industrial designer. They use two-dimensional lettering, as created by René, to give form and poetry to the three-dimensional structures that Edgar creates. This combination of talents results in graphic objects that are both decorative and functional, such as a fire basket, office clock and a letter lamp. The fire basket is structured with writing so that when the fire burns the words flare up and disappear again. The letter lamp consists of custom-stenciled words, poems or phrases that light up and can be hung on walls or stand freely.
Richard Niessen (NL) | 8 December 2005
Richard Niessen graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1996. From 1999 to 2002 he was part of the Golden Masters design team, together with graphic designer Harmen Liemburg. Inspired by Ettore Sottsass (founder of the Memphis group) and the Scottish-Italian sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi, artists that similarly seek out the tension between structure and going overboard, Niessen developed his own systematic approach to design. His work is systematic, grid-like, readable and usable, as much as it is rich in form, shape and colour. Niessen gives projects a distinct language, a secret vocabulary that makes each piece stand out. He has worked for among many others the Stedelijk Museum, artist Jennifer Tee, his own band the Howtoplays and Atelier Rijksbouwmeester.
Gerard Unger (NL) | 16 december 2005
Gerard Unger was born in Arnhem, the Netherlands, in 1942. He studied graphic design, typography and type design from 1963–1967 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He teaches as visiting Professor at The University of Reading, uk, Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, and taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, until January 2007. Since September 2006 he has been Professor of Typography at the University of Leiden. He has been a freelance designer since 1975. He has designed stamps, coins, magazines, newspapers, books, logos, corporate identities, annual reports and other objects, as well as many typefaces. In 1984 he was awarded the H.N.Werkman Prize for all of his typographic work, for digital type designs in particular and for the way he reconciled technology and typographic culture. In 1988 he won the Gravisie Prize for the concept of Swift, and in 1991 he was awarded the international Maurits Enschedé Prize for all of his type designs. He has written articles for the trade press, and several larger publications, such as Landscape with Letters (1989), linking the usually limited scope of type and typography with a much wider cultural view. His book Terwijl je leest – about reading – was published in 1995, and a completely new edition was published in the autumn of 2006. English, German, Italian and Spanish versions are in preparation. He lectures frequently in Holland and abroad, about his own work, type design, the reading process, newspaper design and related subjects.
Peter Bilak (NL) | 12 January 2006
Peter Bilak, graphic design & typography is a design studio based in The Hague, NL working in the field of editorial, graphic, type and web design on a scope of cultural and commercial projects. The studio specializes in creation of custom fonts, offering typographic solutions for wide range of creative disciplines. Peter Bilak designed several fonts for FontShop International, founded Typotheque foundry, co-founded dot dot dot magazine and is a contributing editor of Delaetur magazine, Prague, CZ. His work has been presented in magazines such: Abitare, Etapes Graphiques, Graphics International, HOW, I.D., Items, Page, Print, U&lc, Eye, and several books. In addition to daily design practice, Peter Bilak acts as a visiting tutor at the Royal Academy in The Hague, Art Academy in Arnhem, and regularly gives talks and workshops internationally.
Why Not associates (UK) | 2 February 2006
Why Not associates is a British graphic design company with global reach. They turn their passion for design into commercial success for clients in business, government and the public sector. For nearly two decades, Why Not associates has been creating innovative work for clients large and small. Their team works in many different media on many types of projects, including corporate identity, digital design, motion graphics and television commercial direction, editorial design, environmental design, publishing, and public art.
This breadth of experience means that they can orchestrate complex campaigns for global brands such as Nike, First Direct Bank, Virgin Records and the BBC. They also cherish smaller locally based commissions such as public relations for regional government and public art installations for specific communities. regardless of size, we collaborate closely with clients to come up with a solution that we can all be happy about. Effective communication contains an element of surprise and often the best way to solve a problem is to turn it on its head. They’re not afraid to run through a dark room with an arm full of lighted fireworks. Fingers grow back, and great work lasts forever.
John Maeda (US) | 30 March 2006
John Maeda is a world-renowned graphic designer, visual artist and computer scientist, and is a founding voice for ‘simplicity’ in the digital age. In June 2008, he became the 16th President of the Rhode Island School of Design (risd). Named by Esquire magazine as one of the 21 most important people for the twenty-first century, Maeda first made his mark by redefining the use of electronic media as a tool for expression for people of all ages and skills. He is the recipient of the highest career honours for design in the United States, Japan and Germany, and serves on the board of trustees for the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. A faculty member at the Media Lab since 1996, Maeda holds the E. Rudge and Nancy Allen Professorship of Media Arts and Sciences, and co-directs the Lab’s design-oriented Physical Language Workshop and its simplicity consortium. He has had major exhibits of his work in Paris, London, New York and Tokyo, and has written several books on his philosophy of ‘humanising technology’ through his perspective on the digital arts. Maeda received both his BS and MS degrees from MIT, and earned his PhD in design from Tsukuba University Institute of Art and Design in Japan. In May 2003, he received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and completed his MBA in May of 2006. Maeda is a sought-after lecturer on ‘simplicity’ at major universities and boardrooms throughout the world. He lives with his wife, Kris, and their five daughters, Saaya, Naoko, Reina, Rie and Mika, in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Alex Trub & Urs Lehni | 19 April 2006
Alex Trüb (°1971) studeerde in 1997 af aan de Höhere Schule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zürich. Van 2001 tot 2005 maakte hij een opgemerkte serie posters voor het Schauspielhaus Zürich waarvoor hij tweemaal onderscheiden werd met Kulturplakat des Jahres. Zijn seizoensbrochures voor datzelfde theaterhuis werden ook tweemaal opgenomen bij Die Schönsten Schweizer Bücher. In 2005 kaapte hij de derde prijs weg bij de vermaarde wedstrijd in Chaumont en stichtte hij een nieuw samenwerkingsverband met Urs Lehni.
Laurent Benner (CH) | 19 April 2006
Laurent Benner (°1975) grew up in Switzerland and moved to London in 1993, where he studied at Central Saint Martins College and Royal College of Art. He has worked with Swedish design studio Reala and shares a studio with furniture designer Michael Marriott and fellow designer Jonathan Hares. He is founding
member of Dreck Records, London, and looks after its design output. Laurent Benner is an independent designer and Art director. He teaches internationally and works on self initiated projects as well as commercial work for the White Cube, Tate Modern, Tate Classic, Artangel, Habitat and the Federal Office of Culture Switzerland.