colophon: a graphic design studio and type-design research initiative
(*latent stare*) located in west amsterdam, the netherlands

contact
info[at]colophon[dot]info

studio address
colophon, david bennewith
willemsstraat 32 bg.
1015 JD Amsterdam, NL

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commissioned work
• graphic identity, collateral and book design for wendelien van oldenborgh 'cinema olanda', curated by lucy cotter, the netherland's entry to the 2017 venice biennale, commissioned by the mondriaan fund (2017)
• book design for lawrence abu hamdan '[inaudible] a politics of listening', published by sternberg press, portikus and kunst halle sankt gallen (2016)
• exhibition graphics 'munich 1972: the design of a democratic body' with bram van den berg, curated by marten kuijpers, het nieuwe instituut, rotterdam (2016)
• illustrated floorplan for simon denny 'business insider' with bram van den berg, curated by zoë gray, wiels, brussels (2016)
• catalogue design for simon denny 'products for organising', published by serpentine galleries and koenig books (2015)
• graphic identity and collateral design for simon denny 'secret power', new zealand's entry to the 2015 venice biennale, commissioned by creative new zealand (2015)
+ 'simon denny, the artist who did reverse espionage on the NSA' published in the guardian (2015)
+ catalogue design for 'secret power', published by walter koenig and mousse (2015)
• essay 'taught.' and collaboration book design 'reprint karel martens' published by roma publications (2015)
+ scan of essay (2016) [3.3mb, PDF]
• exhibition 'churchward samoa', post 1987 stock market crash the type designer joseph churchward sets up a new studio in apia samoa, at city gallery wellington new zealand (2014)
• essay 'a plastic curve wrote 'possibilities'.' about the late type-designer joseph churchward's drawing curves, for te papa museum of new zealand (2013)
• signage system for simon denny 'the personal effects of kim dotcom' (2013)
• identity and graphic design for casco – office for art, design and theory, utrecht, the netherlands (2012->)
• publication design for simon denny 'envisaging vocational rehabilitation' (2012)
• book design for ruth buchanan 'the weather, a building', published by sternberg press (2012)
• essay 'a date at tetterode' for 'type & characters' curated by paul gangloff (2012) [561kb, PDF]
• book design for ruth buchanan 'lying freely' (2010)
• type design for vanessa van dam 'armando' (2010)

research and initiative work
• exhibition, participant in 'which mirror do you want to lick?' documenting the commissioning process of design work from an ex-NSA graphic designer, conceived by sophie dederen, maki suzuki and radim peško, brno, czech republic and nice, france (2016/7)
• publication 'churchward international typefaces' a story-in-process on the working life of joseph churchward, published by clouds (2009)
+ review of 'churchward international typefaces' by tim abrahams, published in frieze magazine (2009)
• essay 'marianna, hey! together' about the typeface joseph churchward designed for his daughter (2009) [269kb, PDF]
• publication 'C O N N E C T' about the design of ken garland's iconic board game, self-published (2010)
+ interview with ken garland from publication [741kb, PDF]

• illustrated essay 'a patient waiter is no loser' a collection of notes and observations about letters designed using dots, instead of lines. published in the national grid #7 (2011) [17.4mb, PDF]
• exhibition and research project '*latent stare*' at casco – office for art, design and theory (2012)
+ interview (in 2 parts) about '*latent stare*' by kelly carmichael for eyecontact.co.nz (2013)
• typevideo – drusenheim/rheinmünster-greffern, from workshop with hear strasbourg and hfg karlsruhe (2014)
• essay 'some thoughts on trendy pornography' about the free font 'trendy pornography' published on dafont.com and the question of an 'erotic' in fonts, published in extra extra magazine (2016) [3.2mb, PDF]

free fonts
• 'Lincoln/MITRE Fonts' a study of the typographic system designed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory for use in various displays on the early warning air defence computer network SAGE [1950s-1980s] (2016) [58kb, .ZIP]
• 'stanley smith' a hard-graft of stanley morison’s ubiquitous typeface 'times new roman', and adidas’ ubiquitous tennis shoe 'stan smith' (2016) [3.5mb, .ZIP]
• 'brazil' motivated by a tag seen on the wall of an amsterdam fondue café toilet in 2010 (2016) [837kb, .ZIP]

teaching work
head of the graphic design department, gerrit rietveld academie, amsterdam, the netherlands

lectures/guest teaching
YALE New Haven, RCA London, ECAL Lausanne, KaBK Den Haag, Design Academy Eindhoven, HfG Karlsruhe, Ensba Lyon, Hear Strasbourg, GfZK Leipzig, KADK Copenhangen, ELAM School of Fine Arts Auckland, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand Wellington, City Gallery Wellington

*technical images for social engineering*