Famous Graphic Designers from the Netherlands

List of notable or famous graphic designers from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top graphic designers born in the Netherlands and even some popular graphic designers who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch graphic designers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These graphic designers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known graphic designer from the Netherlands is included when available.

This list below has everything from Sander Plug to Paul Schuitema.

This historic graphic designers from the Netherlands list can help answer the questions "Who are some Dutch graphic designers of note?" and "Who are the most famous graphic designers from the Netherlands?" These prominent graphic designers of the Netherlands may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Dutch graphic designers.

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  • Albert-Jan Pool
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    Albert-Jan Pool (born 1960 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch professional type designer. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. After his study he left for Germany. From 1987 to 1991 he was Type Director at Scangraphic in Wedel, near Hamburg. From 1991 to 1994 he was Manager of Type Design and Production at URW. During this time he completed his type families URW Imperial, URW Linear and URW Mauritius. By January 1995 he started his own studio Dutch Design. Together with type-consultant Stefan Rögener and copywriter Ursula Packhäuser he wrote and designed a book on the effects of typefaces on brand image entitled ‘Branding with Type’, which has been published by Adobe ...more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Anton Janson
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    Anton Janson

    Anton Janson (January 17, 1620 in Wanden/Wauden? in Friesland – November 18, 1687 in Leipzig) was a Dutch type founder and printer. The typeface Janson is named after him, although it can also be attributed to Hungarian punch-cutter and printer Miklós (Nicholas) Kis (1650–1702).
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1620-1687)
  • Dick Bruna (23 August 1927 – 16 February 2017) was a Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Bruna was best known for his children's books which he authored and illustrated, numbering over 200. His most notable creation was Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch), a small rabbit drawn with heavy graphic lines, simple shapes and primary colors. Bruna also created stories for characters such as Lottie, Farmer John, and Hettie Hedgehog. Aside from his prolific catalog of children's books, Bruna also illustrated and designed book covers, posters and promotional materials for his father's publishing company A.W. Bruna & Zoon. His most popular designs graced the covers of the Zwarte ...more
    • Age: 95
    • Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Gerard Unger (22 January 1942 – 23 November 2018) was a Dutch graphic and type designer. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1963–67, and subsequently worked at Total Design, Prad and Joh. Enschedé. In 1975, he established himself as an independent developer. A long-time guest lecturer at the University of Reading, he mentored many modern typeface designers. He lived and worked in Bussum, Netherlands.
    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Harrie Geelen
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    Harrie Geelen (born 10 January 1939 in Heerlen) is a Dutch illustrator, film director, animator, translator, writer and poet. In 2014, he was made a knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion ("Ridder in de orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw"). He studied Dutch in Amsterdam, where he met his wife Imme Dros, like himself a writer of Dutch children's literature. Geelen wrote several well known television children's programs and translated Disney movies into Dutch. He illustrated his own books and those of his wife Imme Dros, some books by Annie M. G. Schmidt and a book by Toon Tellegen. He published the novel "Het Nijlpaard Ellende" and short stories like "Ooms en Tantes, Tantes en Ooms". For the ...more
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Heerlen, Netherlands
  • Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman
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    Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman (commonly called H.N. Werkman; 29 April 1882 – 10 April 1945) was an experimental Dutch artist, typographer and printer. He set up a clandestine printing house during the Nazi occupation (1940–45) and was shot by the Gestapo in the closing days of the war.
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1882-1945)
    • Birthplace: Leens, Netherlands