The type designers from Underware think these are interesting times for type designers. They wonder how variable fonts can be. They wonder what it means that their fonts will outlive them. They wonder how many dimensions a font can have. They wonder what this all means for type designers now, and in the future. And meanwhile they steadily continue to make new typefaces for their independent type foundry at www.underware.nl
Kees ’t Hart studied Dutch language and literature at Amsterdam University and has been living in The Hague since 2004. He worked as a teacher and as a tutor at the Dutch Open University. Since 2002 he is a full-time writer. Since 1988 he published more than twenty works: novels, poetry, short stories, satirical works, a book of essays. The poetry volume ‘Children learn to read’ was awarded the Ida Gerhardt Prize. Several novels were nominated for the Libris Literature Prize and the AKO Literature Prize. His novel, ‘Hotel Vertigo’ (2012), was on the long list of the Gouden Uil 2013 and the Libris Literature Prize. Moreover he writes reviews and essays on literature in the weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer.
Jacq Palinckx works already for many years as an idiosyncratic guitarist and composer at the interface of improvised music, avant-rock and composed music. He founded his own group ‘Palinckx’ in 1983, where he wrote all music for and was a member of bands like Guus Janssen septet, Maarten Altena Ensemble, Beukorkest & Big Bamboozle.
Written words always exist within the three dimensions of the maker (the type-designers), the user (the designer) and the consumer (the reader). But what does it mean to be a type-maker, -user of -consumer? How is language working anyway. Together with dutch composer Jacq Palinckx and writer Kees ’t Hart, the pan-european type-collective Underware will investigate into an expanded understanding of typography.