127 jaar Nederlands grafisch ontwerp

Information visualization showing the geospatial distribution of graphic design over the last 127 years in The Netherlands.
A first impression points to a high focus of design activity in the areas of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague.
A timeline at the bottom of the visualization links the items on the map to their place in time, resulting in larger typefaces as more items are linking to a specific year or item on the map.
Graphic design activity in The Netherlands seems to be centred primarily on the city of Amsterdam.
Individual designers that make up design collectives or studios were linked to the name of their collectives.
The designers or design collectives that were the objects of research were printed in red and positioned near their place of birth.
Items where the location was either unknown or somewhere outside of the map, a grey square was added behind the text.
Designers from outside of The Netherlands that were still visibile on the map were printed on a grey background as well.
Title: 127 jaar Nederlands grafisch ontwerp [English: 127 Years of Dutch Graphic Design]
Type: Diagram; Assignment
Type.dimensions: 1189 × 841 mm
Type.pages: 1 page
Type.encoding: Adobe PDF Library 10.0.1
Type.version: 1.7, Adobe Extension Level 3 (Acrobat 9.x)
Designer.name: F. N. (Fernando) van der Vlist
Designer.affiliation: School of Media & Design, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Instructor.name: J. W. (Jan Willem) Stas
Instructor.affiliation: Dept. of Graphic Design, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Contributor.name: Data collection in collaboration with other students.
Contributor.affiliation: School of Media & Design, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Description: This information visualisation offers a historical perspective on the professional networks of seminal graphic designers in The Netherlands over the last twenty-five years. Taking this particular timespan as a starting point, the key designers and their collectives, collaborations, commissions, exhibitions, publications, educational backgrounds, places and dates of birth, places of work, awards and prizes, related movements, and so on were studied. This particular visualisation focused specifically on the networks that emerged over time between these designers and their professional activities. As a result, 127 years of dutch graphic design is spanned in a single visualisation.
By plotting the information geographically, it becomes clear that most of these Dutch designers at one point moved to Amsterdam to work there. It also shows that most of the designers and collectives are indeed from The Netherlands itself, with some relations to the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. On the horizontal axis, a timeline connects each of the key events to their place in time.
Typographically, different styles and sizes indicate different kinds of information. Sans-serif capitals were used for all geographical locations and the timeline; regular serif fonts for names of institutions and other information, and italic fonts for people. Font size indicates the relative importance of each node in relation to the other nodes. Finally, line-width is used to distinct connections between people from connections they might have with institutions, exhibitions, and so on.
Date.submitted: 28 June 2010
Date.evaluated: 28 June 2010
Language: Dutch (The Netherlands)
2012– fernandovandervlist.nl