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I was born and raised in Amsterdam and stud… read more
I was born and raised in Amsterdam and studied Graphic Design at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. After graduating in 1984, I started my own graphic design and music studio, called DBXL. Since then I've been designing an enormous stack of flyers, posters, record sleeves, CD sleeves, logos, identities, some 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. At the moment I am still producing music, and running the underground record label Illy Noiz with some friends of mine.
What is your direction in graphic design? How would you characterize your 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!).
Place of work
I live and work on a ship ‘L’Avenir’, docked in the Amstel River in Amsterdam.
Can you give us a short description about your font?
Breeze is based on the stroke of a brush. There is a version leaning to the right called “East” and another leaning to the left called “West”. The two alternate versions have longer tails.
Why did you design this font and what was your inspiration?
Breeze was originally designed as a logo for ‘Urban Dance Floor’, a subsidiary label for PIAS Records. The first CD on that label was a compilation called ‘Best New 2-step’ for which I decided to make it lean towards the right. Some time later I turned both logos into fonts and completed the alphabets.
What is the ideal usage of your font?
Logos or headers in a magazine. (Would not use it as a text font....)
Where does the name come from?
Because of the two directional versions, I thought the wind would be a good choice for a name.
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 too many fonts that look too much alike.
Your future plans?
To remain happy and healthy, family, friends and myself and keep on making beautiful graphic and font designs.