Gerard Unger

in Arnhem, Netherlands
January 22, 1942

November 23, 2018



Gerard Unger was a world-renowned type designer. He studied graphic design, typography and type design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and later taught there as well as at at the University of Reading and the University of Leiden. A freelance designer since 1975, he designed stamps, coins, magazines, newspapers, books, logos, corporate identities, and many typefaces.

In 1984 he was awarded the H.N. Werkman Prize for his typographic work, for digital type designs in particular, and for his reconciliation of technology and typographic culture. In 1988 he won the Gravisie-prijs for the concept of his typeface Swift, and in 1991 he was awarded the international Maurits Enschedé-Prize. He wrote articles for the trade press, and several larger publ

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While You're Reading

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Theory of Type Design

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Terwijl je leest

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“One of my colleagues is convinced that having a wide range of types to choose from is a complete waste of time. He swears by two typefaces: Gill (1928) and Frutiger (1975), which he uses for road signs (among other things). (...) [U]ntil 1975, the year in which Adrian Frutiger's eponymous typeface came onto the market, my colleague could only have made half of his selection. It seems to me that this proves the case for continuing to design new typefaces.”
Gerard Unger, While You're Reading

“Una y otra vez, los lectores se han condicionado mutuamente.”
Gerard Unger, ¿Qué ocurre mientras lees?: Tipografía y legibilidad