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Working group 2004

The Charles Nypels working group 2004 consisted of Carel Kuitenbrouwer, Markus Dreßen, Walter Nikkels, LettError, Just van Rossum & Erik Blokland, Astrid Vorstermans and Lars Müller. Together with the advising researchers Filiep Tacq and Jouke Kleerebezem the working group presented lectures and formulated the research theme on The tomorrow book.

Carel Kuitenbrouwer

Since 2000 Carel Kuitenbrouwer has been teaching at the School for Journalism in Utrecht. Prior he worked at educational publishers as Meulenhoff Educatief and Malmberg, at the Dutch Design Institute, Beroepsvereniging Nederlandse Ontwerpers and the Royal Academy of Fine art in The Hague.
In his careeer he has been working as an independent designer, design manager, consultant, critic and teacher. He is primarily concerned with the role and significance of grafic communication and design in contemporary society. Kuitenbrouwer published, also internationally, for experts and a more general public.

Markus Dreßen

Markus Dreßen works in the cultural sector. He designs art books for contemporary artists (Ilya Kabakov, Neo Rauch, Jenny Holzer) and art institutions (Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art, the Leipzig Department of Culture, Dresden Technical Museum).
In 2002 as co-editor he set up the magazine spector cut+paste that combines and confronts image, text and graphic design as a single information unit. The magazine allows a dialogue and co-operation between different spheres of modern art, and makes apparant the similarities between contents in individual fields. Images are not just illustrating the text, nor is the design giving a more attractive appearance to the magazine. The magazine is really about creating a debate between text, image and design.

Walter Nikkels

Typographer and designer, professor for Typography, book art and type design at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf was awarded the Charles-Nypels Prize in 1989 for his typographic work. Earlier he received the H.N.Werkman Prize from the City ofAmsterdam. »Walter Nikkels is the most sensitive classic typographer and designer ofthe noblest art books ofour time ...« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,September 12,2003 .

On Tomorrow’s Book. Margins Become Frames
In tomorrow’s book the pages will be constructed offrames (boxes) serving as windows for images and frames (boxes) containing text structures which the designer, according to his interpretation ofthe material’s significance,develops to a new architecture corresponding to the scale ofthe book. But the architecture is only partly influenced by personal factors: Besides functional considerations and the influence of technology it is always based on the history of typography which will constantly remain visible and will be echoed in tomorrow’s book.

LettError, Just van Rossum & Erik Blokland

LettError consists of Just van Rossum and Erik van Blokland. They are letter designers who collaborate from their individual studios in The Hague and Haarlem, The Netherlands. Ever since the first LettError typeface was published in 1989 the LettError faces have continued to give plenty of punch to design and typography. In 2000 LettError received the Charles Nypels Prize for its innovative letter designs and typographic experiments. For further information please visit:

Jouke Kleerebezem

Since 1993 the work of artist and editor Jouke Kleerebezem has been based on a continuous flow of presentations and publications (texts as well as images), most notably through networked media. Personal publishing being an important part of his body of work, he sees the decisive conditions for experimental cultural production in future decades being met in the public/private realm of the Internet and World Wide Web. For further information please visit:

Astrid Vorstermans

Astrid Vorstermans (editor, publisher) is an art historian and has worked with art and architecture books at various booksellers, an international distributor and two publishers. Until the summer of 2003 she was editor and publisher visual arts at NAi Publishers. In 2003 she started her own agency, Valiz book and cultural projects, for the creation and coordination of book productions and the organization of cultural (research) projects. Valiz acts as an independent international publisher on contemporary art, photography, architecture, design, typography, fashion and will release monographs, theory and critique. For further information please visit: (in preparation).

Lars Müller

Designer Lars Müller started publishing books on typography, design, art, photography and architecture in 1983 from his homebase in Baden, Switzerland. The publishing house he is head of is internationally active and well-reputed throughout the world with carefully edited and designed publications. Apart from being designer and publisher, Lars Müller works as professor of graphic design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Basel. For further information please visit: