Reviving Type

Reviving Type  is a book on archive research and contemporary type design, written and designed by Nóra Békés & Céline Hurka, published by Acute Publishing, and will be presented at ATypI 2019 Tokyo and at the House of the Book | Museum Meermanno in The Hague. The book is available for sale with international shipping now! Order Reviving Type directly here →

About the book

Reviving Type is a book by Céline Hurka and Nóra Békés, with a foreword by Frank E. Blokland. Two studies, that started as a university course assignment and developed into an independent design-research, are woven together into one volume: one about the Renaissance letters of Garamont and Granjon, the other about the Baroque types of Nicholas Kis. The publication guides the reader from finding original sources in archives, through historical investigation and design process to the finished typeface. The first part of the book provides insight into historical changes in type design through hands-on examples with theoretical background. The second part gives a thorough explanation of the production process of the revival typefaces. Here two different approaches are placed side by side, creating a conversation piece about possible working methods in type design. Design decisions, technical details and difficulties of the process are thoroughly discussed. Rich imagery of original archival material and technical illustrations explain the texts visually. Altogether, the publication becomes a ‘cookbook’ for anyone, who would like to dive into revival type design.

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Reviving Type is sold out from our own stock.
The last copies are for sale via the Dutch Type Library Bookstore!

Céline and Nóra are open for collaborations, presentations and workshops.

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August 2019: Reviving Type is getting printed! Thank you for everyone who supported the project through crowdfunding or otherwise. The expected shipping date of the pre-ordered book is mid-September.

6. September 2019: Two Revivals at ATypI 2019 Tokyo. Nóra and Céline present their project and the freshly published book Reviving Type at the yearly conference of Associacion Typographique Internationale.

11. October 2019: Presentation of Reviving Type at the House of the book | Muesum Meermanno in The Hague, The Netherlands.

About the authors

Nóra Békés (Pécs, 1989) grew up in Hungary, and moved to the Netherlands to study graphic design at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK). Since her graduation in July 2018 she works as an independent designer based in Rotterdam. Her practice focuses on the intersection of type design, typography and visual story telling. Her main interest lies at the research of archives and their contemporary interpretations.

Céline Hurka (Karlsruhe, 1995) grew up in Southern Germany and moved to the Netherlands to study graphic design at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. She graduated with a BFA in the summer of 2019 and will be part of the Type and Media class of 19/20. Besides her studies she works on freelance projects in the cultural field, where she combines an interest in editorial design with emphasis on type design and photography.

About Acute

Acute Publishing is an initiative by Nóra Békés and Céline Hurka, set up to publish Reviving Type . In the future we strive to create a platform for discourse around type design, book design, archives and language. We are aiming to do this through organizing events and workshops, facilitating and creating experimental and classical publishing projects.


Company details

Studio Nóra Békés | Acute Publishing
Lieve Verschuierstraat 61a
3021ZD Rotterdam
+316 234 856 91
KvK No.: 72204613
VAT No.: NL788052998B01


Reviving Type was made possible with the generous support of our sponsors - House of the book | Museum Meermanno and Dutch Type Library - and the 162 contributors of our crowdfunding campaign. Our presentation Two Revivals at AtypI 2019 Tokyo was kindly supported by the Creative Industry Fund NL. Thank you!


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