Jan Middendorp

Recent articles by Jan Middendorp

In the right hands

Issue 102, Autumn 2021


The work of Barcelona type designer Laura Meseguer is a beguiling alchemy of hand- lettering and digital craft. By Jan Middendorp. Photographs by Francesco Brembati

From gothic to roman, almost

Issue 102, Autumn 2021


Most books on the history of type design follow a familiar trajectory. They either provide a…

Anette Lenz: Poetic rhetoric in the public realm

Issue 101, Summer 2021


Over nearly three decades, Anette Lenz has made work that transcends trends and technology. Profile by Jan Middendorp

eL Seed: City-wide calligraffiti

Issue 100, Summer 2020


This mega-mural by street artist eL Seed spans the walls of 50 buildings in a Christian Coptic community in Cairo

Dafi Kühne: By his own hand

Issue 100, Summer 2020


Swiss designer Dafi Kühne works wholly in traditional letterpress techniques with entirely contemporary results

States of independence

Issue 98, Spring 2019


The fragmentation of the type market has led to new ways of examining, acquiring and enjoying typefaces … and some confusion

Generation font rent

Issue 97, Autumn 2018


Fontstand has pioneered an innovative way for graphics students to make work with professional quality typefaces. Jan Middendorp investigates

Time and type

Issue 96, Spring 2018


One of the privileges that comes with being a typography and graphic design buff in…

Colour is the new black

Issue 94, Summer 2017


For the past decade or so, Mark van Wageningen has been investigating the possibilities of adding colour to the conventional black-and-white universe of digital type design, resulting in work that is both thrilling and evocative

Postmodern jam session

Issue 83, Summer 2012


Jan Middendorp recalls Fuse, the type ‘magazine’ that opened up (and put the lid on) a transient era of adventurous type design from small digital foundries

Prototype propagandist

Issue 68, Summer 2008


Rivadulla’s revolutionary poster art avoids socialist cliché. By Jan Middendorp


Issue 74, Winter 2009


It’s a state of mind, a club scene, and one of the great political, cultural and historical events of the past twenty years. Of the century. And it is full of designers – with plenty to say. For this special issue, Eye visits Berlin to explore the graphic output of this sprawling, labyrinthine and endlessly fascinating city

Is type design teaching losing its soul?

Issue 71, Spring 2009


Formulaic, modular approaches threaten the chemistry of the master-apprentice model.

An abundance of directions

Issue 66, Winter 2007


Edo Smitshuijzen has an impressive track record as a designer of major identity and signage projects…

The man on every French bookshelf

Issue 65, Autumn 2007


The French designer known as Massin (he removed his first name, Robert, in the early days…

From the typographic to the visual

Issue 64, Summer 2007


This book’s title is a librarian’s nightmare. It differs by only three letters from that of…


Issue 64, Summer 2007


Andrea Tinnes makes type families — functional or ornamental — that quickly acquire a life of their own

Down-to-earth Son Of A Windmill-builder

Issue 63, Spring 2007


‘Typo-photo’ was a term coined by Moholy-Nagy in 1925 to designate the striking montage of…

Space and rhythm

Issue 59, Spring 2006


Type designer Cyrus Highsmith learnt the craft through both study and apprenticeship. By Jan Middendorp

Fruitful lines of graphic type analysis

Issue 59, Spring 2006


In late 2002, a group of subscribers to the ATypI mailing list conspired to discuss…

The eye of the curator

Issue 55, Spring 2005


To a young, typographically inclined Dutchman growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, British graphic…

Recent blog posts about Jan Middendorp

Always drawn, never written

14 September 2021
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography

This unusual biography of book designer Helmut Salden (1910-96) shows the processes behind his lettering for dust jackets. By Jan Middendorp
Helmut Salden (1910-96) was the most productive book cover designer in the Netherlands, during the…

Novo Typo goes off the grid

2 July 2021
Book design, Design education, Graphic design, Technology, Typography

At Berlin’s A—Z gallery, Dutch designer Mark van Wageningen tests the limits of self-sufficiency with his new project Offgrid. By Jan Middendorp
In Eye 94, four years ago, we described the unorthodox typographic research methods of Amsterdam…

Rigorous play

1 January 2021
Graphic design, Posters, Technology, Visual culture

For almost three decades East Berlin duo Cyan has produced urgent, experimental yet precise graphic design. Jan Middendorp meets them while the city sleeps
Like all design studios, Berlin’s Cyan has gone through a very unusual year, writes Jan…

Fill the white space

15 July 2020
Graphic design, New media, Posters, Reviews, Typography, Events and exhibitions

‘À propos’, Anette Lenz’s first major exhibition in her homeland, is an immersive, virtuoso response to Richard Meier’s MAK building in Frankfurt. By Jan Middendorp
After a two-month Covid-related delay, one of the most remarkable exhibitions of a contemporary graphic…

Tom Hautekiet, 1970-2020

11 May 2020
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Posters, Visual culture

Belgian designer Tom Hautekiet was one of the smartest, most energetic practitioners of his generation. His witty and subtly subversive spirit will be missed. By Jan Middendorp
On 30 April 2020, Belgian graphic designer, illustrator and musician Tom Hautekiet died unexpectedly at…

Culture in colour

1 April 2020
Book design, Graphic design, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

Tereza Bettinardi designs ‘Cursos e Oficinas’, an abstract and vibrant book series for São Paulo organisation Sesc. By Jan Middendorp
Tereza Bettinardi is from Santa Maria, in the centre of Brazil’s southernmost state, where she…

Take the clear line

28 October 2019
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Posters, Visual culture

Kunstal Rotterdam presents a generous survey of work by Dutch illustrator, designer and comic artist Joost Swarte. Jan Middendorp reports
Joost Swarte must be the best known and most appreciated Dutch illustrator, designer and comic…

Outlook variable

15 May 2018
Reviews, Technology, Type Tuesday, Typography

TYPO Labs unveiled cool tools for both tyros and trailblazers. In the run-up to TYPO Berlin, Jan Middendorp delivers a considered report
As the Berlin mothership – TYPO Berlin 2018 – approaches, it seems like a good…

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

4 January 2011
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Typography

A Dutch designer rediscovered and now remembered for his letterforms
Just before Christmas, Dutch designer and illustrator Boudewijn Ietswaart passed away at his home in…

Due process

13 October 2010
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Reviews, Typography

Porto plays host to an inspiring AGI Open conference
This year’s AGI (Alliance Graphique International) conference is taking place in Porto, a spectacular yet…