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Hansje van Halem + Axidraw – Systems, legibility, and (ir)regularity in typography

Created by Hansje van Halem, an independent graphic designer based in Amsterdam (NL). the following video and images are the latest in the series of experiments that explore tension between a systematic approach, legibility, and (ir)regularity in typography. In the video, Hensie uses Axidraw, a simple and new version of a pen plotter, capable of writing or drawing on almost any flat surface.

The project and this exploration is also a progression/evolution of Hansje’s “machine love” projects, seeking new ways how machines and interfaces can inform both the production and the graphic design process.

Axidraw, ($450) that is now available to order at Evil Mad Scientist, can write with fountain pens, permanent markers, and other writing implements to handle an endless variety of applications – as demonstrated by Hansje. Its unique design features a writing head that extends beyond the machine, making it possible to draw on objects bigger than the machine itself.

Hansje recently gave a talk at Papierkomplizen – Zürich (CH) on April 8th 2016.
Video you can see below was done by Christian Tanner for Papierkomplizen.

Hansje van Halem | Vimeo

↓ Other projects by Hansje van Halem

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