research


Research is the search for knowledge or as a systematic investigation to establish facts.

Books 4

The Sport and Game issue of WTW, about sport as a powerful tool for shaping the foundations of a community, for solving problems where politicians stalemate and for paving the way for social progress.
This book presents the origins of exuberant curly lettering style on the windows of traditional Dutch cafés and bars.
A research project investigating new approaches for bilingual lettering in public space, proposing new bilingual typefaces for 3-D spaces.
Art/design publication which began life as a graphic design magazine, but whose content has widened to cover art, music, language, film and literature.

Articles 9

Greta Sans was been planned from the outset as a system of interrelated styles. From the very beginning, work proceeded on multiple styles simultaneously. This text is a reflection on the process of designing large typeface systems.
Typeface stories · 25 April 2012 · English · 1709 words
The Nara typeface was completed more than 20 years after the initial design. This is the story of the search for gaps in type classification.
Typeface stories · 14 September 2011 · English · 1665 words
This article presents the Diwani style of Arabic which lead to designing Thuraya, a contemporary yet faithful interpretation of the Diwani style with extensive calligraphic features.
Typeface stories · 9 May 2011 · English · 2033 words
In November 2010 Peter Biľak was invited to give a talk at a one-day conference ‘Conceptual Type – Type led by ideas’ in Copenhagen about the underlying ideas behind typefaces. This lecture questions the possibility of conceptual type and compares type to other disciplines.
Essays · 24 February 2011 · English · 1738 words
Hinting, or screen optimising, is the process by which TrueType or PostScript fonts are adjusted for maximum readability on computer monitors. This text compares different ways of hinting (black & white, grey-scale, ClearType, DirectWrite), and explains the behaviour of fonts under different rasterisers.
Tutorials · 17 May 2010 · English · 1920 words

Blogs 4

The best design is often one that addresses a very specific need, something both straightforward and personal.
13 June 2017
Georgi Sztojanov, a composer from The Hague, matched visual parameters of Greta Sans type system to musical parameters to create a musical composition.
12 April 2012
Analysis of the evolution of typographic technology and the nature of digital fonts, and introduces Donald E. Knuth’s groundbreaking TeX and Metafont systems. An essay complemented by interviews with Peter Biľak, Erik Spiekermann and Dimitri Bruni (NORM).
14 April 2011
Nowadays ‘New and Improved’ often mean just tiny irrelevant changes, so we thought it might be good to talk about the development process that led up to the seventh “new and improved” version of our calendar.
13 November 2010