09 september 2016 — walhalla
Bello goes freestyle 4

It’s been too long to remember probably. Therefore we will help you out. We had some previous episodes of Bello Goes Freestyle on this blog in the past. It all started with episode 1 in 2007, where Dutch graffiti artists interpreted Bello on a wall. This freestyle interpretation of Bello was followed 2 years later with episode 2. Then 3 years ago we posted episode 3, about a selfmade lettering in a bikeshop in Toronto. And today, oh boy, it’s 2016, we are happy to present the 4th episode of “Bello Goes Freestyle”. There are quite some do-it-yourself versions of Bello around, but this one especially appeals because of its dedication. In last weeks post you could read about the consequences of removing a mural, originally made by graffiti artist Maser. One of the consequences was that the removed mural was resurrected at other locations throughout Ireland. That’s hipper-dipper for graffitis or murals, which are temporary by nature. This mural is not vanishing, but multiplying. Some of the replicas were very smooth. This one however is a bit fluffy and chubby, but painted with lots of love. Disguised, but still Bello.

Painted with love

09 february 2016 — walhalla
Love & Fonts

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 17.16.46

We all know that it’s not money but love which keeps the world turning. And fonts of course. Therefore we want to reward all orders placed this week (8.02 — 14.02) with an extra free font of your choice for the person you love. No worries, everything is super-simple: Just place any order this week in our shop and we will get in contact with you to arrange the additional free license.

31 january 2016 — walhalla
We love Lucy

We love Lucy

After supporting us with office work and the shipment of publications for over 10 years, it was definitely time to affirm our love for Lucy with her own logotype stamp. Lucy’s reaction: From now on no document will leave the office unstamped. Thank you for everything Lucy!

Lucy sending love

10 december 2015 — walhalla
Handmade typographic presents

Giving presents is nice (for both sides), but giving presents you made yourself is even nicer. In such a case you give a little bit of yourself. If you love drawing letters like we do, it’s pretty predictable that these presents are build up out of letters. Here are a couple of typographic presents we made recently.

 

Autobahn
When our friends of Autobahn celebrated their 10th anniversary, they asked some fellow designers and type-lovers to design them one letter of the alphabet. What do you do when you get asked by two guys which are deep into type to make the letter “S”? Right, you give them what they are: 2 guys deep into type.

 

2 guys, 1 letter

autobahn-exhibition

Abel
Arriving on earth is a milestone in everybody’s life. When Abel was born, he got an almost abstract poster which actually looks much better if rotated 90 degrees. Hey, he can’t read anyway yet.

 

Nautic flags?

Rigoberto
Every artist needs his own monogram. So when we discovered that Rigoberto had to do without one for almost 80 years already, we sat down and send him a stamp.

Rigoberto

We received a drawing in return, of course signed with his meanwhile inevitable monogram. Thanks Rigoberto!

Rigoberto

 

Tijl

Tijl, well, when Tijl was born last year we gave him a quickly painted poster that neither Tijl nor his parents could read. That’s okay. It can still be a nice wallpaper decoration thingie for the baby’s bedroom. Shiny nice colours are half the job anyway.

Tijl

 

Kees
Every carpenter has his own habit. Kees, who helped us a lot this year, tends to write “Made by Kees” on everything he builds. His eternal fame is however mostly deeply buried underneath layers of concrete or wood. This skilled woodworker deserves more eternal fame, so we made him a stencil. Now he can spray his characteristic motto on everything he builds. Fast and easy. Yes, even his own kids will not be safe anymore with his new stencil.

Kees did it

Kees did it

15 september 2015 — walhalla
Brand New Conference 2015

Trippering the stuff out of it

The fine folks of Brand New Conference went all the way for this year’s conference in New York. If you say: “we set our texts in Tripper and then cut them by hand, one by one, and manually spray those stencils”, then we say: “respect!” Boy, they didn’t stop halfway. They went the whole hog.

What they didn’t know: we’re currently producing real stencil sets of Tripper. It could have made their life a little easier. Visitors of the conference will be the first to experience the real Tripper stencil set. Take it home, and put it next to your bed. If you’re at the conference next week, keep your eyes open.

 

See more images of Brand New Conference 2015 at fonts in use.

03 march 2015 — walhalla
50 kg of Underware

We don’t like superlatives that much, but it’s hard to avoid them while receiving this present. Underware cut into stone.

Underware in stone

This stone was cut by hand by Dennis Biemans of Studio Baak in the Netherlands. Besides of making furniture and interiors, stonecutting is one of Studio Baak’s favourite activities. Because Tripper became more or less their corporate font, they already applied the typeface throughout their studio. But what’s better than turning it into not so temporary? Something 3D not so temporary, of course.

Cut by hand

What goes beyond “Thank You!“? Well, we’re… euhm, speechless. 2015 is already now perfect like it is.

If you are in the mood as much as Baak is, you cut your own name into stone too of course. Boy, they were lucky with only straight lines in the typeface.

Baak in stone

In case you’re interested in receiving your own text cut into stone like this, just contact Studio Baak. They will be happy to help you further:

http://studiobaak.nl

08 december 2014 — walhalla
Spring 2015 internship

After a decade of not offering apprenticeships in our studio, we have room for one intern in Spring 2015 (Feb–April).

If you know how to design type, dream Adobe CS, talk PHP & Python, then you might be the match we’re looking for.

For this paid internship you’ll be working 4 days/week on 3 different projects. (Three days a week in our Amsterdam studio & one day somewhere else on earth)

Interested? Mail bio, portfolio, motivation & questions before 15 December to: bas@underware.nl

08 october 2014 — walhalla
Typesetting the Dutch IJ

Dutch IJ on Dutch canal house in Dutch klare lijn

Now. You are a typographer and do your best to achieve ultimate precision in details. You want to set a text in Dutch, as good as possible. You need to master the curious case of IJ.

 

The Dutch IJ

IJ

There is a difference between typesetting Dutch and other languages regarding the ij. In Dutch the ij is a digraph, or – if you prefer – a ligature. We don’t care how you call it, as long as you consider the IJ as one letter. So in case you set a text vertically, you’ll have to put the I and the J on the same line.

 

Real IJ

This Dutch IJ might require a special design, depending on the design of the font. Most roman sans serif fonts can live with a regular ‘I’ and ‘J’ combination. Although not always perfect, that’s quite often acceptable. But in swashy fonts the need for a specially designed ‘IJ’ is obvious. A swashy I followed by a swashy J is a nightmare for the Dutch IJ. It needs a special glyph included in the font. And please remember to select the right language for your text, as these IJ’s only (should) show up in Dutch texts.

 

The missing dot

De puntjes op de i

Okay, the ij is cleared. From now on you only work with fonts which have a special glyph for IJ and ij. But then the trouble starts in lowercase. Because fi-ligatures often remove the dot on i, the ij does not look like ij anymore in Dutch. In case the lowercase ij shouldn’t look like a handicapped, amputated lunatic, it needs two dots. To be able to have a nice f+i connection as well as two dots on the ij, you’ll need an additional ligature in your fonts: f+ij

 

fij-ligature

Because some people love to cook their own words, an additional bonus ligature could be included to make sure any imaginable Dutch word looks perfect: f+f+ij

 

Oh, oh. Exceptions

IJ not IJ

However, not every i+j in Dutch should become ij. There are some Dutch words which would have their hyphenation in the middle of i and j. There is currently not a beautiful solution for this, so all official exceptions have to be hard coded in the OpenType code of the font.

 

IJ-acute

ij-acute

In case you want to stress a word, both letters of ij need an acute. Although one cannot enter a j-acute on a keyboard, the typeface should automatically create both acutes once an i-acute is followed by a j. This should of course only happen in Dutch. So make sure you’ve got your text set to the correct language, and you will have the ij-acute in your Dutch texts.

Our recent library update takes all these Dutch sensitivities into account, making all our fonts suitable for precise Dutch typesetting. All goes automatically, you don’t have to think about all this. Which means you can forget everything you just read.

21 july 2014 — walhalla
World Cup Quiz winner

Two weeks ago we opened a small world cup quiz, when we released Tripper Tricolor. It may be no surprise that most participants were wrong to completely wrong. However. However. One person predicted the final outcome correctly. Just one person? Yes, just one person. We’re trying to get in touch with him. Hopefully he provided his correct email address. Until that time we call him Jeremy the Oracle. Jeremy, you are amazing. Come, and pick up your prize.

08 july 2014 — walhalla
World Cup Quiz prediction

Last week we opened a world cup quiz for some days. Here is the combined prediction of all participants. Up to now the majority is correct. Winners of the quiz will be informed next week after the final. Fingers crossed.

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