Amsterdam Typography: Arno Verweij's love letter to the city at Letterspace
Almost a year ago, a new account popped up on Twitter and suddenly everyone with a thing for typography fell in love with Amsterdam once again.
Aptly named @amsterdam_type the account is dedicated to architectural and public typography across the city of Amsterdam and now its creator, Arno Verweij, has launched a website dedicated to his findings.
“The project sprung from a longtime interest in the typography that can be found throughout the city and was inspired among other things by the Twitter feed Berlin Typography of Jesse Simon” writes Verweij.
Amsterdam Typography explores the city through the lens of typography whilst mapping all of his Twitter posts to their location in the city. In the event of its launch Verweij will present his project at letterspace.amsterdam next Wednesday, the 22nd of January 2020.
“The project Amsterdam Typography started as a Twitter feed in January 2019. Particularly fascinated by the style of house numbers and name signs from the Interwar period, Arno Verweij decided to document the city’s interesting letters and numerals and share them with the world. To keep track of all these photos, he has put them on a map, which has resulted in the project’s website launched in December 2019” notes letterspace.amsterdam.
“When not crossing the city on his bike to hunt down new subjects for his Twitter-feed, Arno Verweij is developing websites and working at Stichting Proefjes, where he organises workshops for teachers and kids to introduce them in a playful way to science, physics and biology.”
“In his presentation, Arno will share the motivations behinds his Twitter-account and subsequent map, talk about experiences and observations, and will focus on some examples that deserve a closer look. We would be thrilled to attract some of the researchers and conservers of Type in Amsterdam to exchange expertise and maybe even share additional anecdotes.”
https://t.co/kq1sCTN1sa— letterspace.amsterdam (@lttrspc) January 8, 2020
WED 22. JAN 2020
19:00–21:00 (lecture at 19:30)
We are happy that @arnoverweij is opening 2020 with a talk about his project @amsterdam_type and the website https://t.co/Tr9O9BTRje
Rsvp: https://t.co/Q9FAl7bk4x pic.twitter.com/dZeoyW5Ml1
Letterspace is a new platform situated in Amsterdam Oost, and as of 2018 is hosting a monthly series of lectures about experimentation, innovation and research in type.