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Gerard Unger honoured by University of Hasselt

On 28 May, nine honorory doctorates will be awarded by the University of Hasselt (Belgium). Gerard Unger, professor of Graphic Design at the University of Leiden will be honoured.

By Editor Design.nl /asdf 26-05-2008

On 28 May, nine honorory doctorates will be awarded by the University of Hasselt (Belgium). Gerard Unger, professor of Graphic Design at the University of Leiden will be honoured.

The University gives its motivation for the award as follows: 'Gerard Unger is one of the most important contemporary Dutch font and typographical designers, also at an international level. Unger is an excellent example of a research designer, or a researcher in art.

He has created numerous fonts and is known for his eye for legible typefaces. His long and remarkable service was rewarded last year with appointment as first professor Typographical Design at the University of Leiden. Unger combines his role in Leiden with the position of guest professor at the University of Reading (UK) in the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication. As well as his artistic skills, Unger has also written many articles and books.'

Biography

Gerard Unger was born at Arnhem, Netherlands, 1942. He studied graphic design, typography and type design from 1963–’67 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He has designed stamps, coins, magazines, newspapers, books, logo’s, corporate identities, annual reports and other objects, and many typefaces.

Awards
In 1984 Unger was awarded the H.N.Werkman-prize for all his typographic work, for digital type designs in particular and for the way he reconciled technology and typographic culture. In 1988 he won the Gravisie-prijs for the concept of Swift, and in 1991 he was awarded the international Maurits Enschedé-Prize for all his type designs. He wrote articles for the trade press, and several larger publications, such as ‘Landscape with Letters’ (1989), linking the usually limited scope of type and typography with a much wider cultural view. He lectures frequently in Holland and abroad, about his own work, type design, the reading process, newspaper design and related subjects.

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