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Beekman’s Beatbox font is a stencil-like font with character and a bit of a ‘solid tech feel’. The alphabet is composed of both capital and lowercase letters and Beatbox has appeared on many album covers.
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I was born and raised in Amsterdam a… read more
I was born and raised in Amsterdam and after studying Graphic Design at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, I started my own graphic design and music studio called DBXL. Since then, I've been designing many flyers, posters, record sleeves, CD sleeves, logos, identities, magazines and packaging. Most of my clients are in the music business (record labels, event organisers), but I also work for cultural institutions (theatre and dance-groups) and smart shops. All my life I have been making music in various bands, so I know a lot of people from the music scene. I am producing music and running the underground record label Illy Noiz with some friends of mine. And I am the host for Typeradio, an online radio channel about type and design.
How would you characterize your design style?
Luckily, I am not really confined to one graphic style. I tend to switch a lot, as I want to keep myself sharp. If I have to choose, my style would be a graphic style like silkscreen printing, using only pure colours. Pantone rules!
Where are you based?
I live and work on a ship, the ‘L’Avenir’, docked in the Amstel River in Amsterdam. My wife wanted to leave Amsterdam city but I didn't. We had friends who are now living 10 ships down from us and once during a barbeque on their roof we decided we would both like to live in a place like that. So, we looked online and found our boat after some time, and here we are.
How exciting! Why did you choose to live on the water? And does this influence the way in which you work?
I suppose. I spend so much time outdoors. Whenever I am making a phone call, I step outside. When we are working in the studio space in the summer and we have the round windows open, it’s so great. The water is splashing against the side of the boat and you hear ducks quacking, coots and other water birds building nests, frogs croaking only meters away, and sometimes a goose or a swan sticks his head in the window to beg for a little bread. Very romantic, at those times we consider ourselves very lucky.
Can you tell us a little about your Beatbox font?
Beatbox is a solid straight stencil-face with a lot of character.
What is the ideal usage for your font?
Logos or headers in a magazine. As a display and headline typeface since it’s got a lot of character. I could also see it painted on the side of a tank.
Did you design the font for a specific project?
What was your inspiration?
Beatbox was originally designed as a logo for DJ Markus Schultz, who in the end rejected it… which happens a lot creating fonts for such projects. His management said they couldn't read it, or thought people wouldn’t be able to read it.
I liked the shapes and thought it would be a usable typeface, so I continued working on it and finished it. I’ve used it for a couple of online download album covers, mainly for house and hip hop. I could see it used for drum & bass artwork too. It has a bit of solid tech feel. And I proposed it to the Battle of Amsterdam.
Where does the name come from?
I proposed it for the Battle of Amsterdam project, a talent showcase in beat boxing and other disciplines. I think it's a great competition. There’re six neighborhoods in Amsterdam and each neighborhood first organizes a local competition in the various disciplines (beat boxing, break dancing, rap, street dance, freestyle) and the winners from the neighborhoods compete against each other in the finale. The winner gets the title ‘Amsterdam Battle Master 2007’. Hundreds of kids join to show their skills and the finale is a very big event. The crowd is extremely loud and cheering on their favourites.
I have been doing their design since they started in 2004. They liked the Beatbox font right away and it will be the house font for next year.
Do you think that too many fonts exist?
No. Every single design basically needs a matching font. So, in theory, there can be as many fonts as there are designs. Although, I must say that there are many fonts that look too much alike.
Live happily ever after and make beautiful designs.