Dutch Profiles: Gerard Unger

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This Dutch Profile tells the story of the legendary typographer and graphic designer Gerard Unger, whose work differs from highway signage to the lettering on coins and is thus, all around us.

But the most ubiquitous of all his typefaces, must be The Gulliver. As the lettering used by Americas most widely read newspaper, as well as several national papers on the European continent, it made waves after debuting in 1993, for its remarkable legibility - while remaining ultra space-efficient.

As his career develops, Ungers work becomes increasingly experimental, pushing the boundaries of typography without jeopardizing its functionality.

Video credits

  • Commissioning editor: Geert van de Wetering
  • Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
  • Director: Mattijs Mollee
  • Camera: Hans Bouma
  • Sound: Wouter Veldhuis
  • Editing: Dominique Kools
  • Music Sound Design: Pastelle Music
  • Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix
  • Commissioned by DutchDFA

1 series

  • Dutch Profiles

    Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries focusing on well-known icons of Dutch design, such as Rem Koolhaas, Droog, Li Edelkoort, Hella Jongerius, HEMA, and Iris van Herpen.