Typographer Focus: Peter Biľak

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January 26, 2009

The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer Peter Bil’ak, the way language looks is a never-ending exploration.

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    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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  NDT, Due a due  Photo by: Adam Broomberg
    NDT, Due a due

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    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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  Bil’ak’s designs for the 39- and 78-eurocent stamps were inspired by the patchwork of the Dutch landscape as seen from the air. The width of each letter, set in Bil’ak’s Fedra Serif, determines the width of the surrounding color block, echoing the centuries-old art 
of metal typesetting. Bil’ak sees the stamps as an homage to Dutch traditions.  Photo by: Adam Broomberg
    Bil’ak’s designs for the 39- and 78-eurocent stamps were inspired by the patchwork of the Dutch landscape as seen from the air. The width of each letter, set in Bil’ak’s Fedra Serif, determines the width of the surrounding color block, echoing the centuries-old art of metal typesetting. Bil’ak sees the stamps as an homage to Dutch traditions.

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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  Bil’ak takes a meticulous approach to Arabic type design, although he is unaware of the words’ meaning.  Photo by: Adam Broomberg
    Bil’ak takes a meticulous approach to Arabic type design, although he is unaware of the words’ meaning.

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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  A cover graphically riffs on the magazine’s title, Dot, Dot, Dot.  Photo by: Adam Broomberg
    A cover graphically riffs on the magazine’s title, Dot, Dot, Dot.

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  Bil’ak designed the NDT Choreography Workshop poster using dancers to spell out “workshop.”  Photo by: Adam Broomberg
    Bil’ak designed the NDT Choreography Workshop poster using dancers to spell out “workshop.”

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  Bil’ak collaborated with Mark Thomson, art director at HarperCollins, on a new set 
of dictionaries that exclusively employ the Bil’ak-designed font Fedra.  Photo by: Adam Broomberg
    Bil’ak collaborated with Mark Thomson, art director at HarperCollins, on a new set of dictionaries that exclusively employ the Bil’ak-designed font Fedra.

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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  Bil’ak conceived of the dance performance Due a due, in which what appears 
to be a dancer’s shadow is in fact a projection of another dancer.  Photo by: Adam Broomberg
    Bil’ak conceived of the dance performance Due a due, in which what appears to be a dancer’s shadow is in fact a projection of another dancer.

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  In Bil’ak’s studio, he and his staff assemble and hand-draw the cover for issue #7.  Photo by: Adam Broomberg
    In Bil’ak’s studio, he and his staff assemble and hand-draw the cover for issue #7.

    Photo by: Adam Broomberg

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