Bernd Volmer — Type and Graphic Design
Bernd Volmer — Type and Graphic Design
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Curtis is a typeface that is based on broad nib calligraphy. It explores a free approach to contrast and plays with rotation of the tool. The aim of the typefamily is to suit two basic design approaches: one aiming for maximum contrast and the other aiming for harmony in design. While the display styles are very different from each other, the text styles work together in a more subtle way. This project shows all the important facets of a design project. It started with sketching and planning as every project starts. The next steps were calligraphy, digizing, reviewing, adjusting and correcting. All the process is documented in a book and parts of it can be seen on the type and media 2013 website. There is also a specimen booklet, a small and a big poster showing the typeface in use and showing possible applications.









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For their 110th anniversary, the dutch company Kuiperbouw commissioned me to design an anniversary card that they can send to their costumers. The title page shows a 110 logo I designed and the sending information of the addressee. The inside starts with an opening page and together with the back it shows 4 cultural projects Kuiperbouw supported and worked on. Since the images were so different in esthetics (high quality photos, regular photos and renderings) I chose a strong way of editing them and colored them in their house-color orange.





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I made this poster for a graphic design exhibition and presentation under the topic “Lift-Off” organized by Atelier4. It refers to the starting point of me as a freelancer and one-man-business after the graduation from my bachelor. With my registration as a one-man-business, I was one out of 24937 graphic design and advertising businesses in the Netherlands. Since Lift-Off can also refer to the start of a spaceship the numbers are placed in some kind of space setting.





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Ontwerpcafe Poster


This poster was made in colaboration with Catalogtree and is for a lecture of Hansje van Halem and Gerard Unger at Showroom Arnhem. For the display type we used scans of old black and white woodtype that we found in a great book called American Wood Type: 1828-1900. The poster is silkscreen printed and for half of the series, the pantone 805 U (fluorescent orange) layer was rotated 180°. This way both speakers are the headliner and the production costs stayed the same.





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A selection of free and commissioned, experimental poster I did, which led to rather unconventional or unexpected results. These experiments help me to enrich my visual vocabulary and to stay active and creative.




The last poster is done in collaboration with Sander Huizing


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Melville is a self initiated project which I did together with Namik Schwarz. The typeface is inspired by old maps from National Geographic and the Kraftwerk album “Mensch Maschine”. I liked the antagonism of the title “Mensch Maschine” (meaning “man machine”) and we took this as a starting point for this typeface. Based on a humanistic, calligraphic typeface we found — printed on old National Geographic maps — we build our own more angular and technical looking interpretation of this typeface. We also changed the nature of the typeface from a display typeface for short captions to a more subtle typeface that can also work as a text typeface with strong character.





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Mediafonds annual report


I used Melville for a bunch of graphic design project to judge it in context. One of the projects is the annual report for Mediafonds shown on the next pages. This project was done for and in collaboration with Catalogtree. It has two text sections, one info graphic section visualizing how much money was spend on which projects and an image section showing photos and stills from supported productions. The booklet was printed in black Pantone 801, which was also used to print the colored pages.





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