Jan Middendorp

Name:  Jan Middendorp

Title:  owner

Organization:  Druk Editions, Fust & Friends

Address:  Leuschnerdamm 43, 10999 Berlin, Germany

Phone:  +49 30 6956 5663

Fax:  —

Email:  [email protected]

Website:  janmiddendorp.com, fustandfriends.com

Born and lived:
The Hague (the Netherlands)
Lived in Amsterdam (Netherlands) , Bologna (Italy), Ghent (Belgium), Dubai (UAE), Berlin (Germany)

Early life:
High school activities include editor and designer of the school newspaper.
Studies: Italian Language & Literature, Theory of Literature and Theory of Theatre
Student activities include political theatre, editor and designer of magazine and posters, organizer, DJ

Professional career and activities:
Theatre and dance critic
Commercial copywriter, translator
Graphic designer
Design and typography critic
Editor and consultant of type companies: FontShop, Linotype, MyFonts, Monotype
Book designer
Author of international design books: Dutch Type, Made with FontFont, Creative Characters, Hand to Type, Shaping Text, and others.

Family:
3 sisters and 1 brother

In my spare time:
Music, literature, art, travel

Favorite books:
Many

Pet peeves:
None

Philosophy:
Liberal

Most memorable career achievement:
Books that designers and design schools find useful — Dutch Type, Shaping Text, Hand to Type, etc.

Goal I hope to achieve five years from now:
More useful books and magazines

How/where do I see the industry in five years (please answer this question if you answer none of the others):
If “the industry” is type design and production, I hope for a stronger position of the adventurous, independent micro-company because that is where risk-taking and innovation happen. However, large players aim for a Spotify structure of the market: predictable income from subscriptions, marginal significance of the creative type designer. Will this paradox be solved? I don’t know.