In the Presence of Absence
We’re excited to announce that our project The FACIT Model will be part of the exhibition ‘In the Presence of Absence’ opening on 5 September 2020 at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The exhibitions shows a selection of artworks and design projects that challenge the idea of collective knowledge and public consciousness through stories that remain unseen, have been ignored or may be told more often within large public institutions. We’re developing a new, compact version of the exhibition which we presented last year in Amsterdam & Åtvidaberg, and are currently working on an addendum to the book which will be published in conjunction with the opening. The exhibition is open from 5 September 2020 until 31 January 2021, reservations online at stedelijk.nl
On 25 January 2020 the third iteration of Test Press – a project which we developed last year in collaboration with Elisabeth Klement and Henk Groenendijk – will open at Enter Enter in Amsterdam. Earlier editions were shown at Le Bel Ordinaire in Pau/France (as part of Richard Niessen's exhibition 'Palace of Typographic Masonry'), and at REDO Design Conference in Prishtina/Kosovo, both in 2019. 'Test Press: 20 years of student publications (1999–2019)' is a display of more than 400 publications from the archive of designer, collector and teacher Henk Groenendijk, collected as a byproduct to many years of teaching and balancing on the fine line between the classroom and the world beyond education. For Test Press the archive is put on full view, including curated selections by Riet Wijnen (artist & curator, Amsterdam), Lies Ros (member of design studio Wild Plakken, Amsterdam), Åbäke (design collective, London/Paris), Kate Banar & Orin Bristow (graphic design graduates from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague 2019 & Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam 2018). The exhibition is open from 25.01–29.02.2020, Thursday–Saturday from 12–17:00.
Our Form of Type
On 11 December 2019 we'll give a lecture at Elisava – Barcelona School of Design and Engineering titled Our Form of Type. Departing from our publication 'Our Form of Book' we'll tell about a number of projects in which type design played an important role during the development of the work. In these projects type design never exists in its own right, but is always connected to the specific situation in which a work is conceived: type design not in the context of the historical development of letterforms, but a subjective approach with many possible starting points. The lecture is open to the public and starts at 19:30.
AGI Open Rotterdam
On 24 September we'll give a lecture at the 2019 AGI conference. Other speakers include David Bennewith, Jon Sueda, Luna Maurer, Joost Grootens, Niels Schrader, Peter Bilak, April Greiman, Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, and Na Kim. We're looking forward to a day of design and lectures in Rotterdam!
Bookshop Situation Series
On 10 September 2019 Index Foundation Stockholm invited us to a 'casual conversation' as part of their Bookshop Situation Series, an evening dedicated to formats such as books, magazines, and records. We'll be bringing our book The FACIT Model: Globalism, Localism & Identity published by Spector Books earlier this year. The event is open to the public, doors at 18:00.
The FACIT Model
May 2019 will see the launch of The FACIT Model, a book-, exhibition-, and type design project we’ve been working on over the past four years. The FACIT Model is an archival study of printed ephemera which were produced by the legendary Swedish typewriter and office machine manufacturer FACIT AB throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The project began in 2015 as a visual research at the FACIT AB archive in Åtvidaberg (Sweden), and will be concluded in spring/summer 2019 with the release of a book, a series of typefaces, and an exhibition. On May 9 2019 the publication The FACIT Model, published by Spector Books (Leipzig), will be released at San Serriffe in Amsterdam. Next to a comprehensive selection of archive material, the book contains a number of commissioned essays by Mark Owens (US), Gabriel .A. Maher (AU/NL), Isabel Mager (DE/NL), and Paul Gangloff (FR/NL), as well as a number of drawings by Samuel Nyholm, aka SANY (SE). A series of typewriter typeface revivals which we developed as part of the project are used to typeset the contents of the book. May 9 will see the release of these typefaces on Our Polite Society Type. On May 11 the exhibition The FACIT Model will open at Fanfare in Amsterdam, and finally on July 1 the second part of the exhibition will open at the FACIT Museum in Åtvidaberg (Sweden). The project is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK), Research Institute for Art and Public Space (LAPS), and FACIT Museum Åtvidaberg.
On May 26 we'll give a talk at the 2019 edition of Typomania conference in Moscow/Russia. A series of 20 posters which we produced for artist-run space Plan B in Amsterdam will be part of the exhibition accompanying the lecture programme.
On 10 February 2019 Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam is hosting a Dead Darlings evening as part of the Speculative Design Archive. The Dead Darlings collective is organising an anonymous auction of ‘almost’ or ‘just-not-quite’ archived objects ... items that have not survived the process of (self-)selection. Ahead of the auction, the objects to be auctioned can be seen during three viewing days, as a temporary element of the Speculative Design Archive exhibition. Afterwards, they will be taken away by their new owners. We contributed to the auction with a *****
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Which Mirror Do You Want to Lick?
A new work of ours will be part of the exhibition Which Mirror Do You Want to Lick?
, curated by Åbäke and Radim Peško at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. Exhibition dates soon.
The Best Dutch Book Designs
One-to-One Reader has been selected as one of The Best Dutch Book Designs of 2018. More information here: www.bestverzorgdeboeken.nl
One Day About Typographic Histories
On 19 October 2018 we'll give a talk about our ongoing research at the archives of Swedish typewriter factory FACIT AB in the context of the conference One Day About Typographic Histories
, organised by Rikard Heberling at Konstfack University in Stockholm. From the lecture programme: "The project departs from Facit, a no longer existing industrial corporation and manufacturer of office products. Åtvidaberg, the hometown of Facit, is also the hometown of Jens Schildt. Born in 1977, Jens grew up when Facit still played an important role in the local community, employing a large part of the population and shaping social life. The Facit story has often been told from a business perspective: the world’s third-biggest typewriter company after IBM and Olivetti, which also manufactured office furniture and calculating machines. Facit rose to fame in the 1930s, peaked internationally around 1970 and then slowly disappeared into obscurity due to missed technological developments and fierce competition. From today’s perspective, Facit is often used as an example of a failed business model. In this project, however, Facit is discussed from a design perspective: as a story of the 20th century told through the lens of design."
On 12 April 2018 we'll give a talk together with Elisa van Joolen about our collaboration on the book projects 11x17 Reader
and One-to-One Reader
. The talk is part of the monthly lecture series Zefir7 organized by the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO) at Stroom in The Hague.
Digital, not industrial
On 10 February 2018 we're part of international type design symposium Digital, not industrial
at the Tetterode building, former home of Type Foundry Amsterdam. Other speakers include Dr. Frank E. Blokland (Dutch Type Library), Jungmyung Lee, and Fabian Harb & Johannes Breyer (DINAMO). From the announcement: "In recent years, many newly graduated designers have successfully started their own digital type foundry. Reflecting about this contemporary practice in the context of the Lettergieterij Amsterdam and Tetterode makes clear that what was once a heavy industry has changed considerably. All the same, we still use the word ‘creative industry’. Should we talk about an industry if someone can design fonts on his or her own laptop? And why do we need a romantic concept like ‘creativity’ to talk about (typo) graphic design? What do we find today of quality, social relevance and the economic aspects of the practice? These kinds of questions will be tackled during the symposium. Do we assess on commercial success? How does peer review work within the profession? Can we learn from the industrial era of the Amsterdam Lettergieterij – and if so, what would these lessons be?"
While in Montréal, we'll put together a small exhibition in a glass cabinet at the design department of UQAM. One layer of the cabinet will contain (part of) our personal collection of typographic snippets from the Netherlands, with works by Metahaven, Bart de Baets & Rustan Söderling, Mevis & Van Deursen, Experimental Jetset, Felix Weigand, Karl Nawrot, Maureen Mooren, Will Holder, Laurenz Brunner, Julia Born, Karen Willey, Roosje Klap, Chives Archives, Paul Gangloff, Joris Kritis, Julie Peeters, Job van Bennekom, Werkplaats Typografie, Simon Wald-Lasowski, San Serriffe, Alon Levin, Karel Martens, David Bennewith, Na Kim, Jens Schildt, Roger Willems, Selina Bütler, Ian Brown, Linda Jensen, SNOLF, OneDayNation, and Janna Meeus, in no particular order. The other layer will contain the 1974 and 1975 calendars which Jan van Toorn designed for Amsterdam printer Mart Spruijt. The exhibition will be titled PETITS PAPIERS (after Gainsbourg) and is by no means meant to represent typographic practise in the Netherlands. On the contrary: it is highly subjective and, if you want, autobiographical.
La Ville Hypergraphique
From 6.–13.5.2017 we're giving a workshop titled LA VILLE HYPERGRAPHIQUE at the design faculty of UQAM in Montréal/Québec/Canada as part of their Design International programme, which is organised every spring by the Graphic Design and Architecture & Urban Design departments since 1982.
Our Polite Society Type
On Wednesday 15.02.2017 we're launching Our Polite Society Type at Plan B in Amsterdam and De Nieuwe Diepte in Stockholm. The first four fonts we’re releasing are: OPS Restructional Text, OPS Grotesko, OPS Capitalis Brutalis and OPS Kappla. For the launch, we printed a series of three A1 posters VOOR ALLEN, FÖR ALLA, FOR ALL (after El Lissitzky) typeset in OPS Kappla. You can pick up a copy from 7-10pm at Mertens Frames Project Space by Plan B, Hamerstraat 22, 1021 JV Amsterdam and De Nieuwe Diepte, Årsta Skolgränd 16 A, 117 43 Stockholm.
On Friday 15.04.2016 at sunset our exhibition Guiding Light will open at the Small Museum, a vitrine on the facade of Amsterdam music venue Paradiso. We designed a typographic neon sign that brings together the past and the present of the building that now hosts Paradiso. At 20:40 sharp the light will be switched on and we'll have a drink and listen to an accordion version of the Television song that lent its name to the work. The exhibition is open day and night until 15.05.2016.
Design collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
We’re happy and honored to announce that a selection of our work has been acquired by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam to become part of the museum’s design collection. Cheers!
The Best Dutch Book Designs
The book we designed for Elisa van Joolen last year has been selected as one of The Best Dutch Book Designs of 2014. The judges chose 33 books that “according to their opinion distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship”. More information here: www.bestverzorgdeboeken.nl
Rules of Hypergraphy
On invitation of Paul Gangloff, our project Vaguely Specified Objects and a new set of VSO beer coasters will be part of the exhibition Rules of Hypergraphy at Extrapool in Nijmegen, along with works of Marc Matter, Karl Nawrot, Jörg Piringer and Roland Sabatier. The opening is on Friday 26.09.2014 at 7pm, the exhibition is open until Sunday 05.10.2014.
Together with Paul Gangloff we’ll be giving a workshop for Design Research students at ArtEz Arnhem from 22.–26.09.2014. The results will be presented at the Rules of Hypergraphy exhibition at Extrapol Nijmengen from 26.09.–5.10.2014.
Vaguely Specified Objects in Amsterdam
On Thursday 26.06.2014 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm we’ll launch the dingbats specimen book Vaguely Specified Objects at San Serriffe in Amsterdam. The book has been published on the occasion of our exhibition at the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival in Chaumont. At San Serriffe we’ll show a simplified version of the Chaumont installation, including a slide show, a series of 18 printing sheets, 3 dust wraps and a travel playlist Amsterdam-Chaumont-Amsterdam. The book (including dingbats font download code) will be for sale at a special price, including a specimen poster printed with Kees Maas.
Means of Production at TypoBerlin 2014
We’re part of a group exhibition titled Means of Production at Haus der Kulturen der Welt for TypoBerlin 2014 and Berlin Design Week. You can visit the show until the 20th of June. After Berlin, the exhibition will travel to the Design Academy Eindhoven.
Article in Étapes Magazine
In the latest issue of the French publication Étapes (magazine about design and visual culture) we are featured with an article on the topic of co-working. There’s also a nice portrait of our colleagues at Studio Moniker from Amsterdam in the same issue. Go get it if you read french! Link to the issue here
International Poster and Graphic Design Festival Chaumont 2014
From 17.5.–9.6.2014 we’ll show a new work at the 25th International Poster and Graphic Design Festival Chaumont. Together with Åbäke and Dexter Sinister we’re part of Ceci n’est pas une carte blanche / This is not a wild card
at the Chapelle des Jésuites Chaumont. More information here: www.cig-chaumont.com
The Title Session
It’s alive! A new issue of our project The Session is out soon. The release party for The Title Session will take place on Friday 21.02.2014, 6pm – 10pm at Goethe Institut Amsterdam, entrance is free. Performances by Uta Eisenreich, Seamus Cater, Miek Zwamborn and Scott Joseph. Live music my Spilt Milk. Orpheu The Wizard and DJ Toner Loc will play records. The Title Session contains contributions by Anna-Maria Ytterbom, Antonis Pittas, Arnon Grunberg, Caspar Stalenhoef, Charlott Markus, Chris Evans, Delphine Bedel, Irene de Craen, Jean-Baptiste Maitre, Jens Schildt, Kalle Mattsson, Leif Holmstrand, Marc van der Holst, Marijn van Kreij, Matthias Kreutzer, Max Grau, Miek Zwamborn, Mikey Casalaina, Monica Tormell, Monika Rinck, Nienke Vijlbrief, Scott Joseph, Seamus Cater, Staffan Björk, Tarja Szaraniec, Tomas Voort ook Minkmaat Adolfs, Uta Eisenreich and Will Holder.
Workshop in Prishtina
From 22.–24.11.2013 we’ll give a workshop in Priština/Kosovo as part of the REDO Graphic Design Conference. This year’s conference evolves around the topics Architecture, the City and the (Situationist) concept of strolling. The press release reads: “Moving from one building to another, the audience will be marching together, bringing the conference closer to the city as a playful territory.” We like this idea of a conference in motion and we’ll try to react to that in our workshop. Thanks to Bardhi Haliti for the kind invitation, we’re looking forward to our visit in Prishtina. More info about the conference here: www.redoconf.com
11"x17" visual identity
We are currently working on a visual identity and a book for the project 11"x17" by Amsterdam based artist Elisa van Joolen. On Thursday 12.9.2013 Elisa will present the 11"x17" collection at Stomerij Multi-Clean, Bosboom Toussaintstraat 1 in Amsterdam, 6pm – 9pm. Here’s a temporary website (programming by Denny Backhaus) made for the occasion: www.11x17.nl
Article in Swedish magazine Cap&Design
Cap&Design has published an article (in swedish) on our Bauhaus project from 2012. You can read the article here
We designed labels for Amsterdam hot sauce champion Alexander Krone. “Smooth Running Gun” (named after a chapter in the book “Count Zero” by William Gibson and winner of the Dutch Chili Fest 2012) and “Love & Napalm” (named after a story by J.G. Ballard) are now available at Lost Property and Tjin's. For more information see www.alexanderkrone.com
From 31 May – 3 June we’ll be giving a workshop at University of the Arts Bremen/Germany.
On 28 March at 5.30pm the book The Country of the Rising Sun which we designed for Amsterdam-based photographer Shinji Otani will be launched at &foam, together with the new issue of Foam Magazine. For more information see www.foam.org
On 7. March at 20:30 we'll be talking about our work at Recyclart in Brussels, together with Swiss designer Ludovic Balland. For more information see www.recyclart.be
On 15 February 2013 at 16:00 we'll be giving a short presentation of our work for Bauhaus Dessau at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The evening – around the theme of visual identities for cultural institutions, including presentations by Mevis & Van Deursen, Lava and Raw Color – is organized by ITEMS Magazine and the Stedelijk as part of the lecture series ITEMS LIVE. For more information see www.stedelijk.nl
On 31 January 2013 at 17:00 we’ll give a short presentation of the work we made for Bauhaus Dessau in 2012 at the Bijzondere Collecties of the University of Amsterdam. Part of the presentation will be a display of posters and other printed matter, so as two issues of BAUHAUS magazine. The last issue – on the theme photography – has just been released. Both magazines will be available for a special price. We’ll also show a series of photographs which was shot in the archive of Bauhaus Dessau by Amsterdam based artist Paulien Barbas and which was part of the first issue of the magazine. In our presentation we’ll introduce four type designs that (then Amsterdam based) designer Karl Nawrot developed for the project and how we applied them in the various printed matter. And we’ll tell how Philipp Oswalt, the current Bauhaus director, unmasked Laszlo Moholy-Nagy as a trailblazer of Psychedelia. For more information see www.bijzonderecollecties.uva.nl
We'll have a table with back issues of The Session and the first issue of Bauhaus Magazine at Offprint Amsterdam taking place at Westergasfabriek from 20–23 September 2012. For more information see unseenamsterdam.com
Welcome to join us for the release of Hey Now!
– a book by Jens Schildt, published by Silver Fern Press. Hey Now!
, assembled by Jens Schildt and designed together with David Bennewith, is the second booklet in a series of publications dedicated to the typographical ‘And’. Published by Silver Fern Press/Colophon.
We are happy to announce our collaboration with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. In 2012 we will be in charge of two issues of the Bauhaus Magazine, the quarterly released program folder and other (exhibition-) related printed matter.
Amsterdam Art/Book Fair 2011
Our Polite Society (together with lots of other people from all over the world) will show work and sell books at Amsterdam Art/Book Fair 2011. Come by and visit us at our table at Brakke Grond on Saturday between 13–19 and Sunday between 12–18.
Some Things Better Change
Our Polite Society at HBKsaar gallery
Exhibition open from 6 November until 12 December 2010
Opening times: Wed–Fri from 17–20:00, Sat from 12–18:00
Address: Keplerstrasse 3-5, 66117 Saarbrücken/Germany
Beeld Hal Werk
on Sunday 31 October at 17:00
Catalogue for sale on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October
Price catalogue: € 20 (at the exhibition) / € 29,90 (afterwards)
Entrance exhibition: € 5 / free with a catalogue
Address: Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85, Amsterdam-Noord
The Session #11 – The Sample Session is a 10 inch vinyl record with contributions by Nicolai and Tomas Adolfs, Elinor Archer, Andre Avelas, Mats and Staffan Björk, Ian Brown, Gerbrand Burger, Colophon/Mobile Carrion, Cotopaxi, Attila Csihar/Void Ov Voices, Rickard Daun, Sam de Groot, Orpheu de Jong, Lars Ekman, Elfenbeinturm, Emmusica, Erratic Boulder, Fyoelk, Willum Geerts, Sæmundur Thor Helgason, Will Holder, Yutaka Hoshino, H...enrik Kihlberg, Klaus, Jesse Koolhaas, Matthias Kreutzer, Cindy Lee, Luva, Maia Lyon-Daw, Simon J Mason, Kalle Mattsson, Moemlien, Finn Öhlund, Stephen O’Malley, Leo Park, Taatske Pieterson, Lisa Premke, PTTRNS, Jonathan Sachse Mikkelsen, Alban Schelbert, Jens Schildt, Floris Schönfeld, Strange Boutique, Stuff Linear, Clas Svahn/UFO-Sweden, Tarja Szaraniec, TAPE THAT/Christophe Meierhans & Koen Nutters, Monica Tormell, Tarvo Varres, Joris Verdoodt, Simon Wald-Lasowski, Henrik Wallin, Eli Walter with Jules van Hal & Amber van den Eeden and Hollie Witchey with John Blackford. The record will be available for the special price of 10 euros during the night. Live performances (starting around 20:00) by Cotopaxi (D), Mobile Carrion (NZ), Yellow Socks (DK), Nutters/Avelas (NL/P). Kulter, Sanderijnstraat 21 (near Erasmuspark),Amsterdam.
The Situation Room is an exhibition of works by graphic designers Na Kim, Our Polite Society (Jens Schildt & Matthias Kreutzer), Nina Støttrup Larsen, Janna & Hilde Meeus and Karl Nawrot. Also with the presentation of Echo’s Book, a publication of the Department of Reading edited by Sönke Hallmann and designed by Paul Gangloff. Saturday 24 April 8pm, Gallery P/////AKT Amsterdam
Different Ground is an exhibition of contemporary Dutch graphic design that will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in the Bulthaup Gallery within the frame of a program called ‘Window to the Netherlands’ by Netherlands Consulate General in St. Petersburg. The exhibition features more than 30 projects from 24 young Dutch graphic designers, recent graduates of either Gerrit Rietveld Academy or Werkplaats Typografie. The exhibition aims to introduce local public to the processes and context of modern graphic design. The exhibition opens on 8 April and will last for two weeks. As part of the program, three speakers were invited to give lectures during the first weekend.
‘OCCII January–December, 2009’
On Wednesday 17 February 2010 at 20:00 we'll present the project we’ve been working on during 2009 for and about OCCII – our favourite venue for alternative and independent music in Amsterdam. OCCII, Amstelveenseweg 134, Amsterdam.