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Talks wrap up: François Rappo + Hansje van Halem

Graphic designer Hansje van Halem studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Van Halem digitally scratches, draws or weaves her letters and designs postages stamps, posters and illustrations. Her design-experiments sometimes also lead to commissioned applications for public space, including a border fence at Dutch airport Schiphol. Her work is in the collection of museums, amongst others the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL).

Graphic designer, born in 1955, trained at ECBA Ecole cantonale des beaux-arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. François Rappo started type design in 1998, collaborating with Optimo type foundry since then: Didot Elder, Theinhardt Grotesk, Genath, Antique, Plain Grotesque, Clarendon Graphic, Practice, Apax, Jannon. His portfolio includes projects for The New York Times Magazine, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art London, Apple, Basel Art Fair. François is teaching type and graphic design at ECAL Ecole cantonale dart de Lausanne. He received the Jan-Tschichold award in 2013.

“…it wasn’t until around three quarters into the presentation, that the realisation really struck me: she is absolutely brilliant.”

I liked Hansje’s talk from the very beginning. She is clearly very talented and creative. However, it wasn’t until around three quarters into the presentation, that the realisation really struck me: she is absolutely brilliant. I think it’s the deceptively simple (once explained by Hansje herself!) concepts at work in her projects. Often comprised only of simple networks of lines, they are both simple and incredibly complex. It was a great joy to be lead by the creator of this complexity through the process and backstory.

“…his quest for the fairest form, returning to his beginnings as a type designer, trying at the same time things very simple but still very beautiful long after.”

François Rappo’s talk was exciting. A way to get into the minds of one of the most interesting Swiss type designers of his generation. Showing his research, his quest for the fairest form, returning to his beginnings as a type designer, trying at the same time things very simple but still very beautiful long after. He was also questioning about the meaning of designing a typeface revival.

François Rappo

Hansje van Halem

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