Gerard Unger (1942) is a Dutch graphic and type designer. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1963–67. A pioneer of digital type and an eyewitness to the important technological shifts of the past five decades, prolific writer and researcher. Unger has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie for over 30 years, and since 1994, he is a visiting professor at the University of Reading at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication. From 2006 to 2012, he has been lecturer in typography at the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Leiden.
Theory of Type Design consists of 24 short chapters describing different aspects of type design, from the influence of language to today’s digital developments, from how our eyes and brain process letterforms to their power of expression.