Grids, type & brilliance: Roots is the tribute to Dutch graphic design icons to own
“Roots is a series of Dutch language publications and aims at generating attention to the roots of Dutch graphic design culture” note the creators of this initiative that reminds to all the brilliance of Dutch design in book format.
To meet international demand for Roots, [Z]OO productions has started an English language website called ‘Dutch Graphic Roots’.
Dedicated to promote Dutch graphic design the site features a new article online every two weeks since 2018.
So far, almost 50 ‘cahiers’, each dedicated to one of Dutch design’s masters, have been published.
From Wim Crouwel’s iconic formats, grid, and type brilliance or his long-time collaborator in Total Design, Daphne van Peski, whom he invited to join for Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum projects through Susanne Heyenemann, literally the “first woman of Dutch Design,” Gerrit Noordzij, Ootje Oxenaar, Kees Nieuwenhuijzen, Paul Mertz, Walter Nikkels and Gerard Unger, the internationally renowned type designer with an oeuvre that includes 24 fonts, among which very large families or Anthon Beeke whose provocative poster designs spoke volumes of truth Roots is a tribute to the generation of designers that formed the basis of the success of Dutch graphic design and beyond.
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