Insights - Andrew

A Graphic Odyssey


The Design Museum is currently showing the UK’s first retrospective of Dutch designer Wim Crouwel. An exhibition showcasing the prolific 60 year design career of a living design legend.

Wim Crouwel

The exhibition will explore Crouwel’s innovative use of grid-based layouts and typographic systems which produced consistently striking visuals for clients such as: the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Dutch Postal Service and Rabobank. Along with his experimental typeface designs including the New Alphabet font which was used on Joy Division’s Substance album sleeve.

You can check out the exhibition at the Design Museum in London up until the 03 July.

The Design Museum

A recent edition to the Nzime studio, publishers Unit Editions have also released their next book, TD 63-73, a study of influential Dutch Studio, Total Design. Founded by Wim Crouwel, Benno Wissing, Friso Kramer, and the Schwarz Brothers in Amsterdam in 1963. The book will cover the studio’s work from 1963 to 1973, and promises an “up close and personal” history of the studio.

As if that wasn’t enough Crouwel-based goodness and if you ever wanted to be woken by designery good wishes, there is of course an app: crouwelclock. A beautifully animated graphic alarm clock, featuring three personal Wim Crouwel messages as alarms.