Hansje van Halem
Hansje van Halem runs her studio in Amsterdam since 2003. She has great love for typography, book design and all other types of printed matter. Besides creating letters, textures and patterns (digitally and manually) she loves to structure information and solve editorial problems with typography and materialisation.
In between deadlines for book designs Hansje started drawing on the computer. Her intricate typographic experiments research the tension between a systematic approach, legibility, and (ir)regularity. Her design-experiments sometimes also lead to commissioned applications for public space.
In 2013 and 2014 'Sketchbook' and 'Sketch Cahier' were published. These monograph publications display a dizzying array of commissioned, applied, self-generated, rejected, and unfinished sketches, type drawings, motifs, and experiments (both successes and failures).
‘III’ is the third publication in this line. In addition to digital print work and riso print, over half of these pages are the result of years of collaborating with printer and publisher Jan de Jong who (re)printed pattern pattern designs in 28 Pantone colours. Van Halem and De Jong discovered how the collaboration between designer and printer could lead to exciting results.