Hansje van Halem (1978) is an independent graphic designer specialized in typography and book design. In 2003 she started her own studio in Amsterdam. For assignments as well as personal research, Hansje draws letters and patterns. This book is a compilation of self generated, commissioned, applied, rejected and unfinished sketches, type drawings, experiments, patterns and failures made between 2003 and 2013.
Dutch national newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ rated Sketchbook with the maximum of 5 stars. In this review the book is called dazzling and breathtaking. ”Trials of Van Halems virtuoso decorative art in the Sketchbook include the multicolored, breathtakingly ornate endpapers which she makes on her own initiative (and which she reuses as wrapping paper), for clients such as the Royal Palace and Pels & Kemper publishers, or are designed as a bonus for publications designed by others. [...] The most impressive remains Van Halems experimental typefaces, such as Embroidery Type (2006) built from cross-stitches, the organic Wire Type (2007) and Doily (2009), named after the English term for napperon or tablecloth, an ornamented lace doily for under crockery.” – Volkskrant 25-Jan-2014