About VLNL Bromfiets Font Family
Vette Letters are thrilled to add maverick designer Dirk Uhlenbrock to the family, with the release of VLNL Bromfiets. Bromfiets (the Dutch word for moped) is a ‘holiday child’, the basic idea coming from a stop at a road junction in the Dutch coastal province of Zeeland. The Dutch signage, the black and white rings of traffic light poles, the symbols for brom- and snorfiets have always appealed to Dirk. While on vacation in Zeeland the first scribbles and digital drafts were created, always in mind that the typeface had to be striking, clear and friendly. The end result is more than that, a strong and instantly recognisable font with a matching dingbat weight full of icons and arrows.
Stencil fonts have always interested Dirk, the informal character and the possible universal use as a paint- or spray-stencil on a wide variety of surfaces makes this type of font so interesting for me. The technically necessary dissolution of closed font contours always ensures a special aesthetic: What’HAT and HOW MUCH has to be removed or left, in order to make words easy to read and to avoid a fractal impression.
Dirk Uhlenbrock has been working as graphic designer and illustrator in his hometown Essen, Germany for over 30 years. Always interested in typedesign he got in contact with Fontographer in 1996 and started to create and distribute loads of free fonts through his online platforms ‘Eyesaw’ and ‘Fontomas’. A bunch of these type experiments have been extented on request to complete fonts. Still located in Essen in 2009 Dirk started his second owner-based business erste liga büro für gestaltung - ersteliga.de
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If all the other type foundries are like haute cuisine restaurants, then VetteLetters is the font-imbiss in the world of exclusive and expensive font foundries. VetteLetters, based in Amsterdam, loves food and loves fonts. So let’s introduce our chefs: After a wonderful career as a dishwasher, assistant cook, some kind of designer, and last but not least type designer, Donald® Roos is now one of VetteLetters CEOs. Donald DBXL Beekman is “the other Donald” and also the other CEO. DBXL produces as many typefases as Prince makes records. Jacques “Sardines” Le Bailly also known as the Baron von Fonthausen is Chief Type Tech. Dev. Dept. and we have Martin “TwoPoints” Lorenz, baking his fonts in the lovely climate of Barcelona.
The latest addition to the VetteLetters stable is designer Henning Brehm aka “Design Tourist” hailing from Berlin.