Which typeface goes well with Aperçu?


Hi typophiles, I could use some help decided on a great typeface combination.

I am a junior designer and am working on a book related to Dutch design. I am currently looking at different options for the typefaces I will use. I would really like to use Aperçu for the headlines, title, chapter openers etc, but need still need to decide on what to use for the body text. I thought it would be nice to use a dutch designed typeface, as it relates to the content, and so far I have been looking at Swift, DTL Documenta and Arnhem. Do you guys think these could fit with Aperçu at all? If not, do you have any other suggestions, it could be sans serif as well, although I was leaning more towards using a serif. (it doesn't have to be a dutch typeface, but it would be nice)

Pendula, a new release


Pendula™ is an adaptation of Pittorseques Droites (Scenic Casual) found in the circa 1924 specimen book of La Fonderie Typographique Francaise. Changes to a very small number of the original characters were made to make the typeface work better with more languages, as well as for aesthetic reasons. A newly designed Cyrillic character set was added to make the design even more useful, enlarging the character set from the basic Latin set to over 650 glyphs covering seven languages. Pendula™ also includes tabular and proportional number sets plus a bonus set of over thirty monetary symbols. Other international symbols were included too. It is a wonderfully casual and flexible design, usable in many situations.

Blackletter suggestions


I'm looking for a blackletter, preferably bastarda, to use for display type in a book project about 15c Flemish painting. Here's the thing: I would really like to use a type of explicitly Flemish origin, and that's proving harder to find than one might expect.

The closest I've gotten is TEFF's Bugundica. It's got just the character I want, but of course isn't Flemish. It's also a little more expensive than the budget of this project can support.

Any ideas?

Dutch "NEN 3225" digitized?

In 1962, the Dutch "Institute for Normalization" (NEN) published a guide for proper letter designs, both a sans and a serif. According to Middendorp,

The official digital version of the NEN 3225 alphabets has been made available at the type production Visualogik in 's-Hertogenbosch

("Dutch Type", p. 299).

Are these fonts somewhere available?

"Amarach" An attempt at a "dutch face"


One of the problems with designing a typeface is getting feedback. Most designers work in a vacuum and that's why a forum like this is so useful.
I have started looking very critically at my half finished type projects and decided that my passion for Dutch typefaces could provide enough impetus to design a really nice text face.

So I looked at a lot of the typefaces I really like such as Lexicon, Van den Keere, Swift, and Lectura. I started drawing without referring to any of these in particular and tried to make the characters as quiet as possible. I'm looking at a useful typeface for extended reading.

Here's a first jpeg of work to date and i would really appreciate any comments.


Indices : Foundries : Characters Font Foundry

Founded by ReneVerkaart in 2004, Characters Font Foundry is an independent Dutch type foundry, designing and selling high quality public- and commisioned typefaces. CFF fonts have been used for corporate identities, websites and packaging.

Besides being a self-taught type designer, René Verkaart is the co-founder of Stoere Binken Design, a renowned Dutch graphic design studio based in Maastricht, The Netherlands.



Indices : Designers : Rene Verkaart

Rene Verkaart started CharactersFontFoundry in 2004 as the result of a decade of custom logo- and typedesign for clients. Since 1995 he’s been running his own graphic design studio, Stoere Binken Design, with a friend. Most of his early typefaces were custom designed for clients.

Most of his typefaces originate in his holidays. “Visiting new places in the world is a big inspiration for creating new typefaces”, he says.

All his typefaces are extensively tested by carefully selected BetaTesters. This are renowned graphic designers or design studios that TestDrive the typefaces in practice and give critical feedback to improve the final release versions.