Name: Jan Middendorp
Organization: Druk Editions, Fust & Friends
Address: Leuschnerdamm 43, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 6956 5663
Born and lived:
The Hague (the Netherlands)
Lived in Amsterdam (Netherlands) , Bologna (Italy), Ghent (Belgium), Dubai (UAE), Berlin (Germany)
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
Design and typography critic
Editor and consultant of type companies: FontShop, Linotype, MyFonts, Monotype
Author of international design books: Dutch Type, Made with FontFont, Creative Characters, Hand to Type, Shaping Text, and others.
3 sisters and 1 brother
In my spare time:
Music, literature, art, travel
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.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.