Typographer, editor and writer. He has contributed regularly to magazines such as Information Design Journal, Blueprint, Journal of Design History, and Eye. In 1980 he started the publishing imprint Hyphen Press with a new edition of Norman Potters What is a designer. Hyphen Press now publishes a range of titles on typography and design, recently The Stroke (2005), the theory of writing by Gerrit Noordzij, and the second edition of Modern Typography (2004).
This is the third edition of Karel Martens’s celebrated book Printed matter / Drukwerk Compared to the second edition from 2001, 40 pages have been added, and show work that Martens have done in those 9 years, and includes an interview with Martens.