MATHIEU LOMMEN A reader as typographer. Piet Gerards, graphic designer In countries abroad, modern Dutch graphic design is primarily associated with multiformity and anarchism, with the posters and house styles of Studio Dumbar, Anthon Becke and Hard Werken.! But at the same time there is a group of book typographers active in the Netherlands who are just as much exploring the boundaries of the profession. The sober but powerful work of for instance Karel Martens, Walter Nikkels and Pict Gerards shows that innovation can be pursued without neglecting the reader. In this respect, Gerards (born 1950) manages, maybe more than anybody else, to implant the microtypographical subtleties of traditional book typography, as practised for instance by Harry N. Sierman, into a contemporary modernism. His works show a remarkable ver- satility which is probably also the result of the variety of commissions he accepts: from books of poetry to architecture books and annual reports. SOCIAL COMMITMENT: Ig'?2-Ig$2 Kunst en revolte was the title of the first book Gerards read on graphic desig 11.2 It was in the early 7os when he bought this study on the 'political placard and the French studcnts' revolt'. He was active in all kinds
Quaerendo – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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