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Old 05-12-2006, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default Rembrandt and Futura

Odd title? Read on...

This is Rembrandt year - celebrating the 400th birthday of Rembrandt - which officially started back on 15 December (don't ask me why - he was born in Leiden on 15 July).

My friend Carla and I go out once a week (when we can and weather permits) for our "hiking day", mostly somewhere around the countryside, sometimes, when we need something less strenuous or the weather is too bad to be outside, a city walking tour. I think I mentioned Rembrandt year before here, but last year we did a special self-guided Rembrandt walking tour in Leiden. Since he spent his younger years in Leiden but later moved to Amsterdam, not surprisingly in Amsterdam we have a special Rembrandt city walking tour as well. Today was the day (for us) - we met at the tourist office, joined the long line, and finally got our copies of the booklet. Then we went outside to sit in the sun with a cup of coffee / glass of milk and something to eat, and read a bit in our booklets.

Now, remember I recently mentioned that Futura was my ever-favorite sans-serif font? And that I agreed with Kathleen that it can work for larger text, but it may be difficult to make work for that? Well, here I sit enjoying my milk and cheese roll in (finally!) the warm spring sun leafing through my booklet when I suddenly do a double-take: surely, the cover is in Futura! Nice.

A closer inspection reveals the whole thing is done in Futura! The booklet is very nicely designed, and all text is Fuura in various weights and sizes. (Not that it says so anywhere, but I'm sure.) And it works very, very well in the hands of whoever did the design. A few attachments to give you an idea. I did a quickie scan of a "typical" page spread. The first attachment is a 50% reduction of that (not quite readable at the smaller type sizes but it shows the overal design). Followed by three detail crops at full size. I can't show all of the design details - but I got so enthusiastic about this, I just had to post.

If anyone would like the full-size page spread, let me know, and I'll upload it on one of my sites somewhere (it's too large to be able to upload here).

BTW, if anyone's planning on coming to Amsterdam: the booklet is available in either Dutch or English and costs EUR 3. Like the tour in Leiden, very highly recommended. And May is a really good time to be in Amsterdam!
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