Gerard Unger

Gerard Unger Born at Arnhem, Netherlands, 1942. Studied graphic design, typography and type design from 1963–’67 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, till January 2007. From September 2006 he is Professor of Typography at the University of Leiden. Free lance designer from ’75. He has designed stamps, coins, magazines, newspapers, books, logo’s, corporate identities, annual reports and other objects, and many typefaces.
In ’84 he was awarded the H.N.Werkman-prize for all his typographic work, for digital type designs in particular and for the way he reconciled technology and typographic culture. In ’88 he won the Gravisie-prijs for the concept of Swift, and in ’91 he was awarded the international Maurits Enschedé-Prize for all his type designs. He wrote 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 ’95 and a completely new edition has been 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.

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