Wim Crouwel helps Truth Celebrate their 5th Birthday

Following on from previous years successful posters by Milton Glaser (4), Supermundane (3), Si Scott (2) and our own Darren Scott did the first one, we asked design legend and Dutch superhero Wim Crouwel to design a number 5 for our 5th in the series of Birthday Posters.

He kindly agreed to donate his time and produced a stunning number 5.

The posters are the usual limited edition of 200 and will be given to ‘Friends of Truth’ as a commemorative gift.

For those of you not familiar with the work of Wim Crouwel see the biography below:

Wim Crouwel Biography

Wim Crouwel is a Dutch graphic designer and typographer. Born in Groningen in the Netherlands in 1928. Between 1947 and 1949 he studied Fine Arts at Academie Minerva in Groningen. In addition to that, he studied typography at what is now the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Crouwel’s graphic work is especially well known for the use of grid-based layouts and typography that is rooted in the International Typographic Style.

In 1963, he was one of the founders of the design studio Total Design. From 1964 onwards, Crouwel was responsible for the design of the posters, catalogues and exhibitions of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 1967 he designed the typeface New Alphabet, a version of which appears on the album sleeve of Substance by Manchester band Joy Division. Other typefaces from his hand are Fodor and Gridnik.

In 1970 he designed the Dutch pavilion for Expo ’70 (Osaka, Japan). A design of Crouwel that is well known in the Netherlands is that of the Number Postage Stamps for the Dutch PTT (in circulation from 1976–2002).In the years Crouwel was working for Total Design, he designed many geometric wordmarks, one of which is the wordmark for the Rabobank, designed in 1973.

In addition to his work as graphic designer, he was also active in the educational field. In the 1950s he worked as a teacher at the Royal Academy for Art and Design in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (currently called Akademie Voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost or AKV|St. Joost) and at the predecessor of what is now the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Between 1965 and 1985 he was connected to the department of industrial design of the Delft University of Technology. From 1987 to 1993 he was extraordinary professor in the fields of History, Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In the years 1985–1993 he was director of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Honours

1958 and 1966 – De H.N. Werkmanprijs

1965 – The Frans Duwaerprijs

1991 – The Piet Zwart Prize

1991 – The Jan-Stankovsky-Preis (Germany)

2004 – The BKVB Funds Oeuvre Award (National Foundation for Art, Design, and Architecture)

2009 – The Gerrit Noordzij Prize

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