This book pays homage to the American type designer and type publisher Tobias Frere-Jones, winner of the 2006 Gerrit Noordzij Prize awarded by the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In 2009 the academy held an exhibition of his types as the Gerrit Noordzij Prize Exhibition, for which students made this small overview booklet with its sympathetic presentation of Frere-Jones and his work. This compact and exceptionally well designed and executed catalogue features a palette of grey, pink and red that returns in the paper and ink. The material is laid out with clarity and variety: general and informative texts on grey paper, testimonials to designer/teacher Frere-Jones on pink, and extensive presentations of his types on white. The little columns of text – set in Frere-Jones’s own Poynter Oldstyle and printed alternately in black and red – give the pages a nicely balanced rhythm. By way of introduction, on the cover and at the beginning of the book we see photographs taken by Frere-Jones of lettering he came across in the street.
Final editor: students of Type and Media 2008/2009
Publisher / commissioner: Type and Media, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, De Buitenkant, Amsterdam
Designer: students of Type and Media 2008/2009
Lithographer: Lenoirschuring, Amstelveen (CTP)
Printer: Offsetdrukkerij Jan de Jong, Amsterdam
Binder: Meewis & Zn., Amsterdam
Dimensions: 154 x 220 x 8
Amount of pages: 92 p.
Number of copies: 1,250
Price: € 15
ISBN: 978 90 76452 58 6
Font and foundry: Poynter Oldstyle, Gotham Condensed
Binding style: sewn soft cover with flaps
Material: 120gsm Cyclus Offset, 120gsm Fashion, pink, 120gsm Munken Lynx, 120gsm Popset, light grey, 135gsm Job Parilux New Mat (interior), 300gsm Munken Lynx (cover)