Letterspace #31: Silly Amateur Don't Cry


19.00 - 21.00

Grafische Werkplaats Amsterdam, NDSM plein 27, 1033 WC, Amsterdam

Doors open: 19.00 hrs

Start program: 19.30 hrs

Free admission & drinks!

The publication “Silly Amateur Don’t Cry” showcases 50+ experimental typefaces made by students and alumni of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in a 96 page Swiss paperback. The graduates William Becker and Łukasz Matuszewski not just designed this collection but also interviewed former students about type design and amateurism. Gaile Pranckunaite, Our Polite Society and Dinamo give some insight into their practice and time studying at the academy.
 After the book already has been officially launched at Fanfare, we like to look at it in more debt and zoom in on some designers.

Gif: Silly Amateur Don't Cry

Łukasz Matuszewski

Łukasz Matuszewski (1994, PL) is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. He grew up in Warsaw where he studied New Media Arts in 2015. In 2017, Łukasz moved to Netherlands to study at Graphic Design department at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He is currently working on his graduation project related to his interest in amateur typography. The project is an archive of letters made by his Polish friends and family who do not have any background or knowledge in typography; amateurs.

William Becker

William Becker is graphic designer born and raised in Denmark. He worked as a junior art director in Copenhagen, before moving to Amsterdam in 2018 to study graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. William’s work mostly focus on the topic of difficulties with written language.

During their study, Lukasz and William initiated a project around amateur typefaces made by students at the academy. The project was the outcome of an assignment from their teacher, Jungmyung Lee, and resulted in the book “Silly Amateur Don’t Cry”.