Chris Vermaas

Recent articles by Chris Vermaas

Ambassador for reading

Issue 102, Autumn 2021


In his daughter Flora’s schoolyard, the late Dutch type designer Gerard Unger (1942-2018) was once approached by a mother who told him that her daughter … [EXTRACT]

The organic type designer

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


In the early 1980s, being a type designer was a rarity, and publishing a typeface…

Sailing down a mighty river of type

Issue 52, Summer 2004


Over the past five centuries the Netherlands has become an extremely densely populated country and…

Dope cards from Amsterdam

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


The image of Holland has switched from tulips to hemp in one generation

Mandarin to Mao

Issue 28, Summer 1998


The modern Maoist versions of traditional Chinese characters introduced ambiguity and confusion by deleting information

Travellers’ Tales

Issue 31, Spring 1999


A global Esperanto of icons, warning signs on cardboard boxes speak a visual language that leaves no room for misunderstanding

Reputations: Piet Schreuders

Issue 32, Summer 1999


‘I don’t want to know the canon, because it is completely irrelevant and transient. If you fight the canon you become a product of its system’

A New York state of mind

Issue 40, Summer 2001


The design of The New Yorker has nearly always taken the approach that ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, with a familiar layout and masthead. Does a face-lift jeopardise its relationship with its readers? Time to call in the Type Police


Issue 43, Spring 2002


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