A modular typeface inspired by Ben Bos’s branding for Randstad, while working at Total Design in 1969–70. 

© Randstad

Lower & Uppercase B
While the curves are based on a dot matrix, the underlying structure consists of a five by seven square grid that determines the overall heights and widths of the stems and crossbars. Within, two eight-sided polygons that overlap, determining the shape of the majority of the letterforms.

Ben Bos died in 2017 at the age of 86, having worked at Total Design for 28 years. This work is as much a tribute to Ben Bos as it is an exploration in letterforms.

Quotes: TD63-73, published by Unit Editions.
Photo: Andrew G Hobbs