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Dick Dooijes

Born in Amsterdam, 1909, he died in 1998. Trained and worked at the Lettergieterij in Amsterdam under S.H. de Roos. Studied at the Amsterdam College of Arts and Crafts and at the Academy of Art. His typefaces:

  • The art deco triplet, Bristol, Carlton (1929, an engraved version) and Savoy (1936, a deluxe version). These beauties were published by Plantin. Images: 1932 1932. A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M. In 2010, Nick Curtis turned the three typefaces into digital fonts: Dooijes Deco NF, Dooijes Deco Engraved NF, Dooijes Deco Deluxe NF. Curtis muses that Dooijes made these fonts as a reaction to the huge success of Broadway (Morris Fuller Benton) in the United States a few years earlier.
  • Rondo (with Stephan Schlesinger, 1948). Well, "with" Schlesinger is a bit of an overstatement. Hans van Maanen made a digital face, Minuet (2007, Canada Type), that revives Rondo. He writes: Minuet, an informal script with crossover deco elements giving it an unmistakable 1940s flavor, is a revival and expansion of the Rondo family, the last typeface drawn by Stefan Schlesinger before his death. This family was initially supposed to be a typeface based on the strong, flowing script Schlesinger liked to use in the ads he designed, particularly the ones he did for Van Houten's cocoa products. But for technical reasons the Lettergieterij Amsterdam mandated the typeface to be made from unattached letters, rather than the original connected script. Schlesinger and Dooijes finished the lowercase and the first drawings of the uppercase just before Schlesinger was sent to a prison camp in 1942. Dooijes completed the design on his own, and drew the bold according to Schlesigner's instructions. The typeface family was finished in February of 1944, and Schlesinger was killed in October of that same year. Though he did see and approve the final proofs, he never actually saw his letters in use. It took almost four more years for the Lettergieterij Amsterdam to produce the fonts. The typeface was officially announced in November of 1948, and immediately became a bestseller. By 1966, according to a memo from the foundry, the typeface had become almost too popular. This digital version of Schlesigner's and Dooijes's work greatly expands on the metal fonts.
  • Mercator (1958): a sans family at Lettergieterij Amsterdam. It was considered at the time as a Dutch version of Helvetica / Univers. See here). Atlas Grotesk (2012, by Kai Bernau, Susan Carvalho and Christian Schwartz, Commercial Type) is a revival of Mercator.
  • Contura (1966): an outline font in garalde style.
  • Studio Bold (1954, Lettergieterij).
  • Lectura (1962-1966, Lettergieterij; 1969, Intertype; acquired by Stephenson Blake): Lectura is a very legible garalde family, ideal for books.

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file name: Nick Curtis Dooijes Deco N F 2010


file name: Nick Curtis Dooijes Deco Engraved N F 2011


file name: Nick Curtis Dooijes Deco N F 2011


file name: Hans Van Maanen Minuet 2007


file name: Mercator Tetterode specimen p77 6390


file name: Kai Bernau Susan Carvalho Christian Schwartz Atlas Grotesk 2012


file name: Kai Bernau Susan Carvalho Christian Schwartz Atlas Grotesk 2012b


file name: Kai Bernau Susan Carvalho Christian Schwartz Atlas Grotesk 2012c


file name: Kai Bernau Susan Carvalho Christian Schwartz Atlas Grotesk 2012d


file name: Plantin Bristol Carlton 9


file name: Plantin Bristol Carlton 10


file name: Plantin Bristol Carlton 12


file name: Plantin Bristol Carlton 13


file name: Plantin Bristol Carlton 14







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