Books and tech in The Hague

On Thursday we took an hour train ride south of Amsterdam to The Hague. We were able to meet with two professionals from opposite ends of the historical spectrum.

Our first stop was at The Museum of the Book. We were able to look at the museums treasured international collection of historical books, bindings and other antiquities.

 

Museum Meermanno // House of the Book
Museum Meermanno // House of the Book
Museum Meermanno // House of the Book
Page of the Gutenberg Bible // House of the Book

 

Original hand drawn type specimen
Original hand drawn type specimen // House of the Book

Our second and final meeting in The Hague was with Thomas Castro of Lust Studio. Lust has been designing on the edge of technology since the 90’s. Thomas shared with us Lust’s forward thinking as well as some of their past projects. It was energizing to talk shop with this group and to hear their perspective on design theory.

Lust Bible // Lust.nl
Lust Bible // photo source: Lust.nl
Scraper Type // photo source: Lust.nl
Scraper Type // photo source: Lust.nl
Scraper Type // photo source: Lust.nl
Scraper Type // photo source: Lust.nl

It’s been an incomparable experience meeting with such talented design professionals whose theory, process and aesthetic are so different, yet hold their own as far as importance to our discipline. If I had to choose one take-away from this trip that stood out, it would be that the current state of design is moving forward quickly yet yearning for criticism, leadership, respect and passion. We are eager to solve the problems handed to us while respecting the past and embracing the future of design, technology and typography.

Next stop… Wilhelmshaven, Germany!

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