Unbalanced and Incomplete Guide to Dutch DesignUnbalanced and Incomplete Guide to Dutch Design

Unbalanced and Incomplete Tour of Dutch Design

This book is an assemblage of memoirs from our residency in the Netherlands, notes from a later trip to the country, and reflections on the Dutch design culture from the outsiders’ views. The front cover features an image from ­Barbara Visser’s series A Day in Holland / Holland in a Day (2001), for which the Dutch artist took photographs of Western models – conspicuously disguised as Asians – in the Dutch-themed miniature town Huis ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan (again, some people thought they were us).

Opening the book, there is a reproduction of a Dutch postage stamp showing the same work. Designed by the Werkplaats Typografie, a graduate school in Arnhem and one of the subjects of this book, the stamp also features a typeface we made based on the work of the legendary Dutch graphic designer Wim Crouwel.

A series of informal travel pictures is included, and these pictures are displayed upside-down in between articles, providing realistic views that contrast with the more considered images and ideas found in other parts of the book.

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Unbalanced and Incomplete Guide to Dutch Design