Gerard Unger

The Netherlands, guest of 5th BSVC & IDE (2011) 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 he is Professor of Typography at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Free lance designer from 1972. He has designed stamps, coins, magazines, newspapers, books, logo’s, corporate identities, annual reports and many other objects, and typefaces.

Gerard Unger has been awarded several Dutch and international prizes and honours, such as two honorary doctorates by the universities of Hasselt, Belgium and Tallinn, Estonia. He has written 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 wider cultural view. His book about reading Terwijl je leest (‘While You're Reading’ ) has been translated in Italian, English, Spanish and German. He lectures frequently in Holland and abroad, about his own work, type design, the reading process, and related subjects.

All Unger’s type designs:

Markeur (1972), M.O.L. (1974), Demos (1976), Praxis (1977), Hollander (1983), Flora (1984), Swift (1985), Amerigo (1986), Oranda (1987), Argo (1991), Delftse Poort (1991), Decoder (1992), Gulliver (1993), ANWB fonts (1997), Capitolium (1998), Paradox (1999), Coranto (2000), Vesta (2001), BigVesta (2003), Allianz (2005), Capitolium News (2006)

Video lecture: Designing Letters and Types