Gerard Unger

Recent articles about Gerard Unger

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]

Rules of engagement

Issue 98, Spring 2019


Back in 2005, I wrote ‘In Search of a Comprehensive Type Design Theory’, a somewhat…

Endangered species

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


Piet Gerards is a craftsman. You can’t fail to notice this from the moment you…

Electrifying the alphabet

Issue 62, Winter 2006


At the dawn of the computer age, new functions ushered in new forms for type design

Reputations: Gerard Unger

Issue 40, Summer 2001


‘Papers have all kinds of information on the same page; very distressing and very joyful; gossip and facts. I wanted to bring that variety, that liveliness into the typeface design.’

Why Helvetica?

Issue 40, Summer 2001


Despite the changes provoked by the digital ‘revolution’, designing a typeface for serious reading remains a time-consuming task. For the designer, choosing and setting a body text font can be equally daunting, resulting in some inspired, eccentric and provocative choices

The digital wave

Issue 7, Summer 1992


The old manufacturing companies that dominated typeface production have been swallowed and largely pushed to the sidelines. By Robin Kinross

Sense of place

Issue 58, Winter 2005


Three new typefaces for local institutions draw on Sheffield’s cultural and typographic history

Technology, aesthetics and type

Issue 3, Spring 1991


With a substantial body of work already completed, Gerard Unger’s designs are entering a new phase.

Recent blog posts about Gerard Unger

Noted #77

7 September 2016
Book design, Brand madness, Magazines, Music design, Technology, Typography

Beer cans, Dutch Alphabets, the Global Synthesizer Project, An Anthology of Decorated Papers and Chanced Arm no. 2
Here are a few things – beer cans, books, a sound installation and a magazine…