Happy Birthday Wim Crouwel

Published on Friday 20 November 2020
Posted in Blog
Written by Stuart de Rozario

Happy Birthday Wim Crouwel

21.11.28 – 19.09.19

Our collaborator, colleague, and friend. Always inspiring, thoughtful and much loved. Happy Birthday, Wim.

Wim’s Stedelijk font first appeared in the seminal Vormgevers poster, commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 1968. Crouwel created a rigid grid system across the poster of 57 vertical by 41 horizontal lines, forming the basis for the construction of the letterforms. Although all hand-drawn, the resulting typeface had a machine-made appearance. Wim’s striking black and white poster with its visible grid became one of Crouwel’s most iconic designs.

The blue image uses Architype Stedelijk and can be seen in our Crouwel Collection here.

The Wim Crouwel exhibition at Stedelijk Museum is open to the public click link.

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