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Evert Bloemsma

Dutch type designer (b. Den Haag, 1958, d. Arnhem, 2005) who studied graphic design at the Arnhem School of Art (1981). He worked at his own office for a number of clients, taught type design at the art academies of Arnhem and Breda and wrote articles about typography and related topics. He created FF Balance (1993), FF Cocon (1998-2001: organic style), FF Avance (2000) and FF Legato 1 and 2 (2004, flared sans families discussed here). FF Balance was created at the Amsterdamse Steenweg in Arnhem, at almost the same address as Ontwerpbureau Quadraat. Editor of "Letters, een bloemlezing over typografie" (Eindhoven, 2001), a book about contemporary Dutch typography.

Typophiles about his death. Jan Middendorp wrote: Of all the type designers I have known and have written about, Evert had the most complex personality, and possibly the most original mind and the weirdest sense of humour. He kept promising me, with his characteristic mixture of boyish enthusiasm, solemn dedication and self-mockery, that he would one day cover the entire distance between his home in Arnhem and mine in Ghent on his reclining bike. I was sure he'd make it, sooner or later he always carried out his plans, although some took him ten years to complete. It fills me with grief, wonder and anger that Evert, who was always advocating exercise and healthy food, has now been taken away from us because of a heart failure. As a type designer, Evert was unorthodox, a true original. Each of his four type families was the outcome of a highly personal investigation, a challenge to himself. To others, he could be as demanding as his was to himself; when criticizing his friends' typographic work, he was brutally honest and always to the point. Yet he remained amazingly modest, even insecure, about his own work, and deeply grateful to those who would comment on the early versions of his typefaces and/or test them in print. In spite of the single-mindedness with which he worked on his type designs during those months of total concentration, he was open to many other intellectual stimuli. He had worked as a photographer of architecture constructing his own hand-operated panoramic camera, interviewed the designers he admired (such as Wim Crouwel and Hans Reichel) about their design philosophy, and lately became fascinated by the work of Marshall McLuhan. His lectures and articles, too, were evidence of his original ideas on form and on reading. It is a great loss indeed.

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file name: Evert Bloemsma F F Cocon 2001 Poster by Buthainah Alkreedees 2017


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