Jan Middendorp

Recent articles by Jan Middendorp

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…

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…

Dafi Kühne: By his own hand

Issue 100, Summer 2020


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

States of independence

Issue 98, Spring 2019


The fragmentation of the type market has lead to new ways of examining, acquiring and enjoying…

Type now: Independence and originality

Issue 98, Spring 2019


The following three articles address several issues that are facing type…

Generation font rent

Issue 97, Autumn 2018


Fontstand has pioneered an innovative way for graphics students to make work with professional…

Time and type

Issue 96, Spring 2018


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

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…

Postmodern jam session

Issue 83, Summer 2012


Jan Middendorp recalls Fuse, the type ‘magazine’ that opened up (and put the lid on) a transient…


Issue 64, Summer 2007


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

Space and rhythm

Issue 59, Spring 2006


Type designer Cyrus Highsmith learnt the craft through both study and apprenticeship

Prototype propagandist

Issue 68, Summer 2008


Rivadulla’s revolutionary poster art avoids socialist cliché.

An abundance of directions

Issue 66, Winter 2007


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

The man on every French bookshelf

Issue 65, Autumn 2007


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

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…

Fruitful lines of graphic type analysis

Issue 59, Spring 2006


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

The eye of the curator

Issue 55, Spring 2005


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


Issue 74, Winter 2009


It’s a state of mind, a club scene, and one of the great political, cultural and historical events…

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…

Is type design teaching losing its soul?

Issue 71, Spring 2009


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

Recent blog posts by Jan Middendorp

Always drawn, never written

14 September 2021

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 postwar era, writes Jan Middendorp.

Novo Typo goes off the grid

2 July 2021

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 designer Mark van Wageningen, aka Novo Typo, writes Jan Middendorp.

Rigorous play

1 January 2021

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 Middendorp.

Fill the white space

15 July 2020

‘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 designer’s work has now opened at Museum Angewandte Kunst (‘applied art’), aka MAK, in Frankfurt / Main, writes Jan Middendorp.

Tom Hautekiet, 1970-2020

11 May 2020

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 his family home, aged only 50. The Flemish cultural world was devastated, writes Jan Middendorp.

Culture in colour

1 April 2020

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 studied journalism and graduated in graphic design in 2006, writes Jan Middendorp.

Take the clear line

28 October 2019

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 artist of his generation, writes Jan Middendorp.

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

4 January 2011

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 Amsterdam at the age of 74. Ietswaart lived to see his brilliant letterforms from the 1960s come to life again as digital fonts in the last year of his life, write Feike de Jong and Jan Middendorp.

Due process

13 October 2010

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 run-down city that bears many traces of Portugal’s current economic crisis, writes Jan Middendorp.