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Wim Crouwel

Willem Hendrik Crouwel is a Dutch graphic designer who was born in Groningen in 1928. He studied at the Academy Minerva from 1947-1949. In 1952, he founded his design agency, and in 1963, he created the Total Design agency together with four others. In 1967, he created his New Alphabet for cathode ray tubes---it had only vertical and horizontal strokes. It was used in the Dutch pavillon at the World Exhibition in Osaka in 1970. Crouwel became professor of industrial graphic design in 1973 at the Technical University of Delft and was also professor of art at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. From 1963 until 1984, Crouwel managed all posters and catalogs for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In 1981, he became director of Museum Boijmans-Van Beuningen, and remained director until 1991.

Besides New Alphabet (1967), he also designed Stedelijk (1968, for his poster for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), and the Fodor Alphabet (1969, pixelish). He led Total Design in the 70s.

His typeface Gridnik (1974), an octagonal typeface made for a typewriter, was never released as a font. Crouwel's love for grids had earned him the nickname Gridnik. This name is well-deserved: he once stated, I am a functionalist troubled by aesthetics.

Creator of Dutch postage stamps in 1976.

In 2009, Crouwel wins the Gerrit Noordzij prize. Biography.

In 2007, there was a special Crouwel event in Paris. Pictures of Crouwel by Michael Levy: Crouwel with Pierre Bernard, Crouwel and Étienne Robial, Crouwel signing books, portrait.

Many have continued along the path shown by Crouwel:

Flickr group on Wim Crouwel.

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