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Lectures and interviews (video)

Click on the title to watch some of my lectures, in different languages.

‘Changing places: 
 Arnhem – Berlin – Warszawa’

    English-spoken. 20 May 2005. TypoBerlin 2005 ‘Change’. Video by FontShop. Dur. 34:26

Martin Majoor discussed typeface design on the road, posters in the streets of Warsaw, and his favorite vodka from Poland. Before that he opened his presentation with an intimate goodbye to Evert Bloemsma who died surprisingly some days before at the age of 47.


‘Zwei Welten’

     German-spoken3 April 2009. Fachhochschule Dortmund. Video by Sebastian Tomczak. Duration 36:32

Martin Majoor vereint in seiner Arbeit die Traditionen des klassischen Schrifthandwerks mit der schnellen Entwicklung der heutigen Technik und kann als Pionier der digitalen Schriftgestaltung bezeichnet werden. 

‘Liefde voor Letters’ 

    Dutch-spoken. 16 February 2010. O.P.A. Showroom Arnhem. Video by Adam Chapman. Duration 30:01

Martin Majoor over zijn lettertypes. Over het begin van zijn carrière: 1984, de tijd van de oer-Apple. Zijn eerste eigen letter, Scala, uitgebracht in 1990 en al snel een enorm succes. Later volgden nog letters als Seria en Nexus.

Interviewing Martin Majoor

    English-spoken. 4 April 2010. Fachhochschule Dortmund. Interview by Donald Beekman and Liza Enebeis. Video by Britta Mertens. Duration 37:06 

Martin Majoor discusses his first lettering books given to him by his grandfather. He recounts his art school days in Arnhem and his teaching philosophies. He also speaks about his hate for Helvetica. You can listen to the same interview on the website of TypeRadio.

‘The Questa project’ 

    Dutch-spoken. 16 February 2010. O.P.A. Showroom Arnhem. Video by Adam Chapman. Duration 19:21

Martin Majoor en Jos Buivenga ontwerpen samen een letter, broederlijk naast elkaar achter het beeldscherm, of skypend over het continent. Het resultaat van dit bijzondere project is Questa: een nieuwe interpretatie van moderne lettertypes, maar ook verwant met historische vormen. En de bron van heel veel ontwerpplezier. 

Lectures 

A list of lectures I have presented since 1987 (in reverse chronological order). 

‘Italic – A short history’ 
Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Katowice
1 April 2012 

‘My life with type’ 
Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Katowice
30 March 2012 

‘My life with type’ 
Escuela Superior de Diseño de Madrid
13 February 2012 

‘I hate Helvetica’ 
Facultad de Bellas Artes de Madrid
16 February 2012 

‘My life with type’ 
Escuela Superior de Diseño de Madrid
13 February 2012 

‘1960–1980–1984–1996–2004–2010’ 
Center of Contemporary Art (CoCA/CSW) in Toruń during 
PLASTER – International Festival of Typography and Poster Design
27 May 2011
Poster (below right)


Majoor posters Seoul Torun


‘Two worlds - my life as a type designer’
 

Korean Society of Typography, Museum of Art (MoA) of the Seoul National University
22 October 2010  
Poster (above left) designed by Sulki & Min Choi.

‘A short history of Sanserif typefaces’
Seoul National University
20 October 2010  

‘Two worlds - my life as a type designer’ 
Kaywon School of Art & Design, Seoul
18 October 2010  

A short history of Sanserif typefaces’
Sandoll Communications, Seoul
18 October 2010  

‘The Questa Project’ 
ATypI 2010 conference, Dublin. Together with Jos Buivenga.
11 September 2010 

‘Liefde voor Letters’
Martin Majoor & Jos Buivenga over hun lettertypes en The Questa project’. 
O.P.A., Showroom Arnhem.  Together with Jos Buivenga.
16 February 2010  
Poster (below left) designed by Isabelle Vaverka & Jeremy Jansen.

‘Zwei Welten’
33pt. Eskapade, Fachhochschule Dortmund
3 April 2009
Poster (below right) designed by Projektgruppe 33pt. Eskapade.

    


‘Zwei Welten’

gespräche an der graphischen, TGA Typographische Gesellschaft Austria, Vienna
25 March 2009

‘Two Worlds’
Ligaduras 2008, Auditori del FAD, Barcelona
3 June 2008

‘Two Worlds’
About the book (Le livre et ses desseins)
imec/Estienne Colloquium, Abbaye d’Ardenne, Caen
15 November 2007
Poster (folded, below left) designed by Jean-Philippe Bretin & Marion Duval.


   


‘20 Jahre, 5 Schriften, 1 Philosophie’

Stilvorlagen #3, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, HAW Hamburg
13 June 2007
Poster (above right) designed by Sarah März.

‘20 years, 5 typefaces, 1 philosophy’
A4 Typographic Friday
Royal Library, Stockholm
31 March 2006

 ‘Helvetica was a mistake’
Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem
7 November 2006

‘Helvetica was a mistake’
Katowice School of Fine Arts
21 September 2005

‘Changing places: Arnhem-Berlin-Warszawa’ 
TypoBerlin 2005 ‘Change’, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
20 May 2005 

‘Using type as image’
Festiwal Reklamy KTR, Warsaw
10 April 2005

‘A Dutchman in Poland’
Katowice School of Fine Arts
14 December 2004
Handmade poster (below left) designed by unknown student.


    

‘A Dutchman in Poland’
ATypI Conference
, Prague
3 October 2004

‘Helvetica war ein fehler’ 
TypoTage 2004, Leipzig
12 July 2004

‘My type design philosophy’
TypoBerlin 2002, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
9 May 2002

‘A short history on decorated typefaces from A to Z’
TybeLab/ATypI, Royal Academy The Hague
25 October 1996
Booklet (above right, 52 x 73 mm) designed by Martin Majoor.

‘L’autocritique comme source de l’inspiration’
Les Rencontres internationales de Lure, Lure-en-Provence
August 1996

‘Talent borrows, genius steels’
Typomania 3, Centre Georges Pompidou, Parijs
26 January 1996

‘Telefont List and Text’
TybeLab/ATypI, Barcelona
September 1995

‘De kwestie Y/IJ’
Dag van de Letter
, Museum Scryption, Tilburg
May 1995

‘Over Telefont en de nieuwe Telefoongids’
Technische Universiteit, Delft
1995

‘Over Scala en Telefont’
Akademie Minerva, Groningen
1995

‘On the new PTT telephone book’
TypeLab/Seybold Conference, Palais de Congrès, Paris
November 1994

‘A new typeface for the telephone book’ 
TypeLab/ATypI, San Francisco
11 September 1994

‘Over digitale typografie’
 Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam
1987