Gerard Unger


Gerard Unger (1942–) is a Dutch graphic and type designer, notable for his newspaper typefaces including Swift and Gulliver.

Books 4

A long-awaited reprint of the 2004 book ‘Dutch Type’, a comprehensive overview of type design and lettering in the Netherlands from the 15th to the 20th centuries
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.
Dutch Alphabets is a lettering model book containing 46 plates featuring samples by some of today’s prominent lettering artists, type designers, calligraphers and sign painters.
Comprehensive overview of type design in the Netherlands from the fifteenth century till 2004. The book provides insights into the methods of the Dutch type.

Articles 4

What is the value of type competitions? A brief reflection on the common practice of awards hunting.
Essays · 20 March 2012 · English · 620 words
The fifth chapter of Emily King’s doctoral thesis which focuses on typeface design in the United States, England and the Netherlands between 1987 and 1997.
Essays · 23 January 2005 · English · 16066 words
A mid-90s account of the development and current state of Dutch design and type in the context of its cultural and political history.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 1756 words
A thorough look at the history and development of large type families across the 20th century.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 4197 words

Authors 2

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 dig...
Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague), home of TypeMedia, Masters course in type design....