Wanted: Belgian Fonts!

yepski's picture

Dear everyone!

For a project I am looking for Belgian fonts to use. They could be old or new, serif or sans serif, it doesn't matter. As long as they are digitally available, preferably no display typeface (but rather for text setting) and online somewhere so I can make a tryout.
I've found some Belgian type designers, but I would like to get your advice on fonts in particular!

Thanks a lot in advance.

All the best!

riccard0's picture

Without some more info, it’s difficult to give some proper advice.

hrant's picture

It sounds simplistic (and it is, but not terminally so) but Belgium is between France and the Netherlands (two typographic powerhouses) and culture travels geographically (at least until very recently) so something that blends those big traditions might click. So:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/petervanlancker/5241230677
Make sure to read the comments!

Another angle is to take the French style and make the x-height much bigger.

hhp

yepski's picture

hrant, it's true and a nice angle that you are opting. i guess i've been spoiled coming from the netherlands myself, and expected belgium to have a similar offer in type designers and fonts, easy to browse through and do research for.
thanks for that flickr link too!
i find it interesting how typography in belgium behaves, being positioned between those 'two powerhouses' as you mentioned.

i can't really be specific about what i'm looking for, as i just wanted to do some research and stumble on things, rather than finding what i was looking for.

so any more reactions about belgian fonts/typography, both specific and more general country/culture related, are very welcome!

yvd

hrant's picture

Just to be clear, Belgium has its own typographic tradition too, and it's certainly not exactly in between the French and Dutch ones! But one aspect of typography is *perceptions*, and the big movements tend to direct those.

hhp

yepski's picture

could you guide me a bit further on how this belgian typographic tradition manifests itself/what it looks like? what are characteristics for example?
it would be great if you could help me out... i don't know much about it and any help is very welcome!

hrant's picture

This is where people actually practicing Belgian typography have to take over. :-)

hhp

yepski's picture

I know what you mean :) but I got the impression that you have more of an 'impression' about 'belgian typography' than I do, and once again, any clue is welcome.

Any Belgian typographers in the house????!!! (ouse - ouse - ouse......)
Sounds a bit empty no?

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