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Internal Production > 16.3 Self-Initiated Projects

Gewone letters, Gerrit’s early models

by Geen Bitter

‘Gewone letters, Gerrit’s early models’ is a book about models made by Gerrit Noordzij in the 1960’s. A couple of years back, while cleaning the letterpress workshop at the KABK in The Hague, Geen Bitter did an amazing find. A package that hasn’t been opened for decades. They opened it and found eighteen printing plates in mint condition. The printing plates are made by Gerrit Noordzij and date back to the late 1960’s. The plates contain a brief lesson about writing with the broad nib and, once familiar with this basis, writing and drawing some different techniques. Since it seemed the plates were never published before, Geen Bitter decided to do so and to make a book containing prints from the plates. Next to the plates they asked former students for old work and sketches with comments by Gerrit Noordzij from the period Noordzij made the plates. The result is a collection of sketches and exercises, accompanied by five writings about the found plates, Gerrit Noordzij himself and his contribution to the field of type and typography. Since the printing plates were made for a letterpress, Geen Bitter also made a deluxe edition with all the plates letterpressed. The result is a box containing the book and also all the eighteen plates letterpressed on heavy paper.  The result is a book and a numbered limited deluxe edition containing all the plates, a collection of student work and writings about this amazing find. The book is written in English and published by Uitgeverij De Buitenkant. 

  • Creative Directors
  • Art Directors
  • Designers Geen Bitter: Rogier van der Sluis, Thom Janssen, Jorn Henkes
  • Illustrators
  • Photographers
  • Editors
  • Copywriters
  • Writers Albert-Jan Pool, Frank E. Blokland, Aad van Dommelen, Huug Schipper, Petr van Blokland, Geen Bitter
  • Publisher Uitgeverij De Buitenkant, Amsterdam
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