Introduction

JS1 is a modular display type system available in 5 weights (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and 14 contours (15, 25, 35, 45, 125, 135, 145, 235, 245, 345, 1235, 1245, 2345, 12345).

The system is inspired by original sketches and drawings by Dutch designer Jurriaan Schrofer and has been expanded beyond the initial character set, adding basic punctuation and symbols.

JS1 has been designed by Julien Van Havere, principal at DesignPractice™ & Alberto Romanos, type designer and founder at Branding With Type.

 
 

Grid & Type System

The type system is based on a diamond grid, on which the spine of each glyph has been designed.

The spine has in turn been offset to create 5 weights which assembled created 14 contours variations.

Each style comprises 116 glyphs with three spacing widths (full, half and 2/3) available via stylistic sets. There is also an alternative '8'. All glyphs are open outlines allowing for stencil usage.

 
 
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Background

The type system was originally designed in 2016 as part of the identity developed by DesignPractice™ for the JAM hotel in Brussels.

The system was inspired by sketches and drawings founded in different archives and publications including 'Schrofer Sketches’, 'Restless Typographer’ and 'Letters op Maat’.

Alberto Romanos has digitalised and expanded the type system beyond the initial character set, adding basic punctuation and symbols.

 
 

Jurriaan Schrofer

Jurriaan Schrofer was a Dutch graphic designer and typographer born in 1926 in the Hague.

He was the son of the painter William Schrofer. His father introduced him to typography and lettering artist Helmut Salden. Salden became one of his early inspirations.

As a law student he became interested in theatre, cinema and then later moved to Amsterdam hoping to become a film director.

He was soon introduced to the modernist heritage and met artists such as Piet Zwart, Cas Oorthuys and Emmy Adriesse.

He began his career as a designer in the fifties as an assistant for Dick Eiffers. He then worked for 'Meijer' a printing company in Wormerveer where he could further develop his typographic skills.

In the early 1960s he began his long association with the Dutch Post, Telephone and Telegraph Service (PTT). He later joined Total Design (now Total Identity), a leading design firm in The Netherlands.

Although he worked on developing many lettering systems and alphabets, he never designed any commercially available typefaces.

His interest in philosophical matters led him to more fundamental questions which triggered an intensive personal investigation into minimalist alphabets.

During his career he worked for the National Publicity Company (NPO), he was deputy director at Total Design, a lecturer at various art schools, and he held numerous management positions.

Jurriaan Schrofer died in 1990.

 
 

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