BMVR, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale


Signage font for a new public library. Letters for books, in a way…
Collaboration with Sander Vermeulen and Thomas Leon, for Base Design Brussels.


Type designers are often bibliomaniacs.

A signage font for a new public library is a kind of a dream job. Simplicity, geometry (without excessive rigour), and playfulness: an ‘I’ is a book. A slash / is the same one… falling on its right on the bookshelf. From this simple and efficient starting point comes the whole font. With cheerful oblique letters and piles of volumes waiting for readers, the signage of the library can be legible as well as enjoyable. When type design set a dialogue with the architecture of Rem Khoolas.

 A construction based on the signage system.

A construction based on the signage system.

 Accented letters have alternates to fit a limited height.

Accented letters have alternates to fit a limited height.


© All the pictures of the typeface shown here in situation are provided by courtesy of Sander Vermeulen.

All images shown are simulations made by Sander Vermeulen, for presentations to the client to visualize the typeface in use.
Some of the simulations are existing book cover designs where only the typeface is changed.