Identity font for Dutch government

Theunis de Jong's picture

The Dutch government contracted type designer Peter Verheul to design one coherent font style for all of its hundreds of sub-branches. The results, appropriately (yet unoriginally) called "Rijksoverheid Serif" and "Rijksoverheid Sans" ("Govn't Serif, Sans"), will be presented tomorrow.

Some initial information can be found on the designer's website:

Now, was it money well spent? The font samples look good -- but I'll have to await the next tax form before deciding "I like it".

hrant's picture

Bert, I've been meaning to reply to your post with a great quote
that was in the back of my mind, but had trouble tracking it down:

"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit
that quickens him. He will have no disciple."
- Amos Bronson Alcott

I try hard to be like this when I teach, but of course have no idea whether I
even come close. As I've said before, the subjugation of individual judgment
and expression is the seemingly inescapable dark side of formal education.


Bert Vanderveen's picture

Thanks for that quote, Hrant! Luckily I had a few of those teachers in my time… ; )

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

hrant's picture

I rediscovered this thread thanks to a new one*, and wanted to show something by Verheul that I found about since:
To me that one glyph is worth more than the entire Rijksoverheid font project.




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