colophon: a graphic design studio and type-design research initiative (*latent stare*) located in west amsterdam, the netherlands


studio address
colophon, david bennewith
willemsstraat 32 bg.
1015 JD Amsterdam, NL

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commissioned work
• exhibition graphics 'munich 1972: the design of a democratic body' with bram van den berg, curated by marten kuijpers, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (2016)
• illustrated floorplan for simon denny 'business insider' with bram van den berg, curated by zoë gray, Wiels, Brussels (2016)
• catalogue design for simon denny 'products for organising', published by Serpentine Galleries and Koenig Books (2015)
• identity and graphic design for simon denny 'secret power', New Zealand's entry to the 2015 venice biennale, commissioner: Creative New Zealand (2015)
+ article about the exhibition published in the Guardian (2015)
+ catalogue design for 'secret power', published by Walter Koenig and Mousse (2015)
• essay 'taught.' and collaboration book design 'reprint karel martens', Roma Publications (2015)
+ scan of essay (2016) [3.3mb, PDF]
• exhibition 'churchward samoa', post 1987 stock market crash the type designer joseph churchward sets up a new studio in Apia Samoa, at City Gallery Wellington, NZ (2014)
• essay 'a plastic curve wrote 'possibilities'.' about the late type-designer joseph churchward's drawing curves, for Te Papa Museum of New Zealand (2013)
• signage system for simon denny 'the personal effects of kim dotcom' (2013)
• identity and graphic design for Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, NL (2012->)
• publication design for simon denny 'envisaging vocational rehabilitation' (2012)
• book design for ruth buchanan 'the weather, a building' (2012)
• essay 'a date at tetterode' for 'type & characters' curated by paul gangloff (2012) [561kb, PDF]
• book design for ruth buchanan 'lying freely' (2010)
• type design for vanessa van dam 'armando' (2010)

research and initiative work
• publication 'churchward international typefaces' a story-in-process on the working life of joseph churchward (2009)
+ review of 'churchward international typefaces' by tim abrahams, published in Frieze magazine (2009)
• essay 'marianna, hey! together' about the typeface joseph churchward designed for his daughter (2009) [2.1mb, PDF]
• publication 'C O N N E C T' about the design of ken garland's iconic board game (2010)
+ interview with ken garland from publication [741kb, PDF]

• illustrated essay 'a patient waiter is no loser' a collection of notes and observations about letters designed using dots, instead of lines. published in the national grid #7 (2011) [17.4mb, PDF]
• exhibition and research project '*latent stare*' at Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (2012)
+ interview (in 2 parts) about '*latent stare*' by kelly carmichael for (2013)
• typevideo – drusenheim/rheinmünster-greffern, from workshop with HEAR Strasbourg and HfG Karlsruhe (2014)
• free font 'stanley smith' a hard-graft of stanley morison’s ubiquitous typeface 'Times New Roman', and Adidas’ ubiquitous tennis shoe 'Stan Smith' (2016) [3.5mb, .ZIP]
• essay 'Some Thoughts on Trendy Pornography' about the free font 'Trendy Pornography' published on and the question of 'erotic' fonts, published in Extra Extra magazine (2016) [3.2mb, PDF]
• free font 'bRAZIL' motivated by a tag seen on the wall of an Amsterdam fondue café toilet in 2010 (2016) [837kb, .ZIP]

teaching work
head of the graphic design department, gerrit rietveld academie, Amsterdam, NL

*technical letters for social engineering*