ISTD Lecture – Wim Crouwel


For all you lucky folks in the UK, there’s going to be a lecture tonight with Wim Crouwel. I’d love to go to this. Someone needs to get this guy to NYC! Anyway, here are the details:

The International Society of Typographic Designers is pleased to announce the return or their acclaimed lecture series. The first of which on the 3 June will be Wim Crouwel. The Dutch legend will be introduced by 8vo’s Hamish Muir, who will talk about the studio’s work that was commissioned by Crouwel when he was director of the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen (1989 — 1994).

Crouwel’s lecture, Designer and Client, will take place at the The Royal College of Physicians’ Wolfson Lecture Theatre, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE (19.00 — 21.30).

Tickets are limited, likely to sell out quickly and are only available in advance from £16 (£12 for ISTD members, £10 for students)

Attendees will be invited to celebrate the ISTD’s 80th birthday with a complimentary drink in the Dorchester Library after the lecture.
Tickets also include entry to a raffle for the chance to win a very special prize which will be presented by Crouwel himself.        

12 thoughts on “ISTD Lecture – Wim Crouwel

  1. wim crouwel & massimo vignelli did a joint lecture about two years ago in nyc – it was an aiga event that took place at the new school. it was fantastic. wim was gracious and massimo was entertaining. both signed books, programs, posters, etc. afterwards. got my copy of mode en module signed – woo hoo!

  2. I went to the lecture last night. Wim was on good form. The special prize was a signed copy of the Alphabets book (published by Bis). I was also wondering about the typeface used for the lecture, it was projected onto the walls behind where Wim was standing. I would think it is something from the Foundry who digitalised many of his font designs.

  3. I went to the lecture, although it was an experience in itself just to be in his presence, I found the lecture to be more celebratory than insightful. The slideshow format made Crouwel’s work seem more repetitive than I had previously realised, almost dull, but I was nevertheless hanging on the great man’s every word. He epitomises the designer’s lust for the new, to be constantly searching for and challenging methods of communication.

  4. I kind of agree with you. I have been to two of his lectures now and, may be because he has done so many, they do seem a little repetitive. I would love to have seen some of the lesser known work that he produced. I have an atlas that he designed and it is awesome, but not many people have seen it.

    Surely it is time for a new monograph on this great mans work. Mode en module has been long out of print and there seems to be a real interest in his work at the moment. It would be great to see another book that covers much more of his work than some of the other recent publications on him.

    You can see a large archive of his work here:

    And some of my collection here:

  5. Wim was excellent – he’s 80 and he yapped on forever. Although I didn’t really find anything ‘new’ in the stories or the examples he chose to talk about, it was a pleasure to be there.

    Wim did show some later work (from the 80s) which was great to see, as I’d never seen it before. It would have also been good to see his 3D work (as commented on by a member of the audience).

    By comparison I thought Hamish Muir gave a better insight into client/designer relationships, however rushed and gushing it was. Just to see one part of the 8vo enigma talk was an event in itself.

    Two days later we were looking at Leger & Micheaux paintings and eating a picnic outside Villa Savoye–the former jopbs Crouwel worked on and the latter a major influence on the man himself.

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