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New Crouwel Typefaces


Architype Ingenieur  & Architype Vierkant

Foundry Types launches two new Crouwel typefaces Building on its longstanding collaboration with Wim Crouwel, The Foundry – the London based independent type foundry set up by Freda Sack and David Quay – has launched two new typefaces by the Dutch design legend. Architype Ingenieur is a four weight family inspired by Crouwel’s late 1950s exhibition catalogues and posters.

Available in light, bold, regular and dot, the typeface was inspired by the simplified geometric letterforms Crouwel created for various exhibition catalogues and posters during the late 1950s. Influenced by his boyhood fascination with naval lettering, Crouwel designed grid-based type with 45-degree angles for the Olanda poster for the Dutch entry to the 1960 Venice Biennale.

A subtle variation on this appeared in the 1960 Stedelijk Museum catalogue for painter Jean Brusselmans; and several dot matrix versions followed. Architype Vierkant has been developed from the letterforms that Crouwel created on the theme ‘typo vision international’ for a 1972 Drupa catalogue. This references many of the experimental ideas which underpin his controversial New Alphabet and Fodor typefaces. This single weight typeface forms part of the Architype Crouwel Collection.

Both typefaces are part of Foundry Types’ newly expanded Architype Collections. The other collections in the series – Architype Konstrukt and Architype Universal – feature typefaces created from the experimental typographic work of artists and designers including Josef Albers, Jan Tschichold, Herbert Bayer, Kurt Schwitters and Theo Ballmer. All fonts are available to licence direct from the new website which now offers Opentype versions of all of the Foundry’s typefaces. Designers are invited to submit examples of their work which use the Foundry’s typefaces for inclusion on its new blog.

All fonts are available to licence direct from the new website


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