Jurriaan Schrofer: Graphic Designer, Pioneer Of Photobooks


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The Dutch designer and polymath Jurriaan Schrofer (1926–1990) was one of the defining figures in European graphic design in the 1950s–70s. Working across all genres, from public relations brochures to interior design, and from magazines to advertising and alphabets, Schrofer is particularly regarded as a pioneer in the field of photo books and experimental typography. During the 1970s, he also became involved with government art policy and environmental art.

The design historian Frederike Huygen describes Schrofer's work as “research into perception, visual effects and the optical illusion of perspective: or the interplay of letterform, pattern and meaning.” This monograph tracks Schrofer’s career through a set of thematic chapters: his public relations brochures for various corporations; the photo book designs; his work as a cultural ambassador; advertising design; interior design; art policy and education; typographic experiments; and his art works. This monograph provides a full survey of Schrofer’s career.

Text by Frederike Huygen

Image editing and design: Jaap van Triest and Karel Martens

Published by Valiz

Softcover, 422 pages, with color and b&w illustrations, 6.8 × 9 inches

ISBN 978-90-78088-70-7

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