MyType (Behind the Type) – Witruimte
Q: What inspired this typeface?
A: This typeface Witruimte, was inspired by a trip to the Netherlands. I was totally impressed by how the Dutch embraced design, especially graphic design and typography. In Amsterdam, you see good design everywhere.
While there, I was introduced to the work of a remarkable Dutch designer and typographer, Wim Crouwel. I was impressed by Crouwel’s legacy in type design and mostly by a calendar he designed in 1963 called “Kalender ’64”. This led to an exploration of framing letterforms – as if each letter is in its own invisible picture frame.
Often, when designing letterforms we will first type out a word to get a glimpse at the new typeface. With regards to the creation of these framed letters, we immediately and instantly witness a unique juxtaposition between its positive and negative space, and Witruimte (wit ruimte) – literally means white space in Dutch was born.
The Witruimte poster features a play on words and numbers counting down from 1 to 9 in both English and Dutch.
Witruimte [1,2,3] English
Witruimte [1,2,3] Dutch
Size: 24”x 33” / 1 colour screen print
Posters: designed by Noël Nanton @ typotherapy — 2008
Typeface: designed by Noël Nanton @ typotherapy — 2008