Saturday, 1:34pm
7 March 2009

Live at The Hague

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Jan Middendorp reports from the Gerrit Noordzij Prize Symposium

Yesterday at the Royal Academy in The Hague, Wim Crouwel received the Gerrit Noordzij Prize for type design from the hands of the previous winner, Tobias Frere-Jones. This afternoon, writes Jan Middendorp, the same school is hosting a symposium on typography.

Thanks to the Academy's excellent video streaming system the event can be followed live by opening this livestream link using a Quicktime-enabled browser.

Earlier today, British designer Paul Barnes, whose best-known project is probably the Guardian typeface designed with Christian Schwartz, discussed some of his own typefaces, such as Brunel and Marian, and their respective sources.

Above: Paul Barnes investigated nineteenth-century sources, notably from the Caslon foundry and John Isaac Drury, for his typeface Brunel.

The other speakers: Rich Roat (House Industries), Tobias Frere-Jones and Piet Schreuders. See Jonathan Hoefler’s note about the prize (presented to Wim Crouwel yesterday) on

See Jan Middendorp’s Education article ‘Is type design teaching losing its soul?’ inEye no. 71 vol 18. You can read an extract on Jan’sType week review of Playful Type is on the Eye blog, as is his essay ‘Out of the Fog and into the Fab’.

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