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Evoking meaning, rather than boldly presenting truth: this is the essence of typographer Karel Martens' work. To achieve this he likes to experiment with numbers, abstract figures and vivid colors.
During the seventies Karel Martens worked for SUN, a socialist publisher led by a group of highly motivated individuals. He succeeded in giving all their publications a very distinctive appearance.
Martens has been teaching throughout most of his career. Like for instance here at Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem.
Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries produced by Submarine commissioned by DutchDFA about architects, graphic, product and fashion designers in the Netherlands. Dutch Profiles focuses on the conceptual, context-oriented and research-based practice of Dutch designers and includes interviews with, among many
others: Rem Koolhaas, Marcel Wanders, Studio Job, MVRDV, Jurgen Bey, Claudy Jongstra, Wim Crouwel, Irma Boom, Marlies Dekkers and G-Star.
Commissioning editor: Geert van de Wetering, Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix Commissioned by DutchDFA, Research: Liselotte Francken, Director: Geert van de Wetering Camera: Wiro Felix, Pierre Rezus, Sound: Steven van Dijk, Editor: Geert van de Wetering, Colorcorrection: Maurik de Ridder, Music Sound Design: Pastelle Music