Studio Type (or: Typojo)
[Jo de Baerdemaeker]
Belgian type designer (b. Brussels, 1974) who lived in Kessel-Lo, and is now based in Antwerp.
For his M.A. in Reading in 2004, he designed Lungta (2004). At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, he spoke about Tibetan letterforms. In 2009, he obtained his doctoral degree from Reading on a topic entitled Tibetan Typeforms: from their inception in 1738 up to the present day.
Jo taught at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication (University of Reading). He presently teaches at the Plantin Institute of Typography (Antwerp), at the European Lettering Institute (Bruges) and at LUCA (campus Sint-Lucas Gent). Earlier he taught at LUCA (campus Sint-Lukas Brussels), and at KASK School of Arts (HO Gent).
In 2012, Jo De Baerdemaeker founded Studio Type in Antwerp (Belgium), and collaborates with international design studios and type foundries. He received the title Nieuwe Vlaamse Meester in de Kunst in 2017 from the Flemish Government.
Author of Tibetan Typeforms (De Buitenkant).
- Antwerpen. A custom titling font commissioned by Today, exclusively available for the visual identity of the City of Antwerp. Antwerpen consists of 3 weights (Antwerpen Regular, Antwerpen Small, and Antwerpen Tall).
- Colard Mansion (2017). This custom font family was designed in light of Haute Lecture by Colard Mansion: innovation text and image in medieval Bruges, a unique exhibition on the oeuvre of Colard Mansion, at the Groeningemuseum Bruges which ran in 2018. The remarkable typography of Mansion inspired De Baerdemaeker to carry out detailed research into the work of the master and to develop a new digital font family for the City of Bruges. It consists of Colard Mansion Bastarda, and an angular sans typeface family.
- Construct. An experimental geometric typeface in which the initial lowercase letters were extended with a horizontal headline as in Devanagari: graduation project at St Lukas College of Art and Design, Brussels.
- Dolma (2018) (Tibetan Petsug). Dolma is a Tibetan font in the headless Umed Petsug style. This handwritten style is often used in Tibetan publications. Petsug was frequently used in the Kham Province of East Tibet. Dolma was designed for the 40th anniversary celebrations of Karma Sonam Gyamtso Ling, the Tibetan Institute in Schoten (Antwerp) in 2018.
- Elegant Contemporary (2009). A 4-style grotesque done for an arts center in Nottingham, inspired by Hans Möhring's Elegant Grotesk, 1928.
- Flanders Art. A 27-style sans serif & serif font family, custom designed for the visual identity of the Flemish Government.
- KdG. The KdG font was designed for the new visual identity of the Karel de Grote Hogeschool (KdG) which is located in Antwerp.
- Ken Broeders. This custom comic book typeface is designed exclusively for the renowned graphic novel designer Ken Broeders. Based on his unique handwriting, Ken uses this font for the lettering of the numerous translations of his beautifully hand illustrated and originally concepted graphic novels Apostata, Driftwereld, and other projects.
- Lungta (2004). an unbelievably gracious bicephalic typeface with Latin text serif and Tibetan components. He says that the design was influenced by Dwiggins. Lungta is currently in use by The Oxford University Press, and was used for the Tibetan portion of the book In the forest of faded wisdom: 104 poems by Gendun Chopel. This book, edited and translated by Donald S. Lopez Jr, was published in November 2009 by The University of Chicago Press.
- Nirmala Bengali. Nirmala UI is a modern Indic typeface family commissioned by Microsoft. It was first released with Windows 8 in 2012 as a UI font and supports languages using Bengali, Devanagari, Kannada, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Malayalam, Odia, Ol Chiki, Sinhala, Sora Sompeng, Tamil and Telugu. It also has support for Latin, with glyphs matching Segoe UI. It is also packaged with Microsoft Office 2013 and later versions of Windows. The typeface was art-directed by Fiona Ross, produced by John Hudson, and hinted by Ross Mills. Fiona Ross and John Hudson also designed the Devanagari and Odia, David Brezina designed the Gujarati, Valentin Brustaux the Telugu, Jo De Baerdemaeker the Bengali and Fernando de Mello Vargas the Malayalam and Tamil. The Latin from Segoe UI is by Steve Matteson.
- Noto Javanese. A Javanese font for the Monotype / Google Noto Sans project.
- Sherpa, part of the Sherpa font project. The project started with the study and design of the Sherpa typeface for the Lantsa (Ranjana) script, and will continue with other scripts fro the Himalayan region, like Tibetan, Phags-pa, Lepcha, Mongolian, Soyombo, and Devanagari scripts.
- Typo Belgieque (2021). A project to revive some old and typically Belgian typefaces. Times New Belgian: The latest reading technology with centuries-old Belgian letters is an article about this project that appeared in de Tijd, February 2021.
- Wiels (2008). A sans typeface designed for the Centre of Contemporary Art in Brussels, Belgium.
At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, he spoke about Tibetan letterforms. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin: The Javanese typefaces of Johannes Enschedé en Zonen and Lettergieterij Amsterdam voorheen N. Tetterode. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik on The Mongolian script. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw (on reverse italics). Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of Ferdinand Theinhardt's Legacy in Tibetan Typography.
Studio Type (or: Typojo)
Tibetan fonts ⦿
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Type designers ⦿
The Belgian type scene ⦿
Indic simulation fonts ⦿
Indic language fonts ⦿
Type design in India ⦿
Mongolian fonts ⦿
Books on type design ⦿
Commercial fonts (small outfits) ⦿
Corporate typefaces ⦿