Our Form of Type. Lecture by Our Polite Society

Hour: 19.30h
Place: Sala Aleix Carrió
Our Polite Society - Elisava
Our Polite Society - Elisava
Our Polite Society - Elisava

Departing from their publication Our Form of Book, Stockholm and Amsterdam-based studio Our Polite Society will tell in their lecture 'Our Form of Type' about a number of works in which type design played an important role during the development of a project. For Our Polite Society a type design never exists in its own right, but is always connected to the specific situation in which a work is conceived: type design not in the context of the historical development of letterforms, but a subjective approach with many possible starting points. Within this way of working a typeface can become an analogy which carries information or meaning from a particular subject to another. 

Our Polite Society

is a studio for graphic design, type design and typographic research based in Amsterdam and Stockholm. It was founded in 2008 by Jens Schildt (SE) and Matthias Kreutzer (D) after their studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) and the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht).

Our Polite Society’s production comprises formats such as books, magazines, posters, exhibitions, signage systems, record sleeves, screens, and typefaces. Among others, Our Polite Society have produced works for Bauhaus Dessau, the University of Stockholm, the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, the New Institute Rotterdam, Malmö Konstmuseum, Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA), and Kunstverein Bielefeld. Their self-initiated work investigates how typographic form reflects social phenomena, and how it relates to ideology and the distribution of knowledge. Since 2017 they are publishing typefaces under the imprint Our Polite Society Type.

Their work has notably been exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the International Poster & Graphic Design Festival Chaumont, the Tallinn Art Hall, and the State University New York; it has been endowed by the Creative Industries Fund NL, was twice awarded with the Best Dutch Book Designs, and is part of the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Our Polite Society are currently teaching at the Konstfack University (Stockholm), the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) and the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague); they have lectured in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Leipzig, Ghent, Brussels, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Prishtina, Sofia, and Montréal, among others.

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