Edgar Walthert is a type and graphic designer based in Amsterdam. He works across a wide spectrum of design-fields with specialties in logotypes and music.



Edgar offers a range of individualized services such as custom type, identities and websites.



His combination of creative drive and personalized attention
greatly benefits the working process and final outcome.

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Edgar Walthert

Haparandadam 7-D9

1013 AK Amsterdam

The Netherlands

 


 

Working hours:

Monday to Friday

08:00 - 18:00 

 


Skype: ewalthert

 

Phone: 0031(0)20 8932104

Mobile: 0031(0)6 10866033

 


info@ewalthert.com

 

The official address of my studio as designated
by the government and KvK is D 9.

However the postbox, doorbell and number
on the door is 27.

For more information please contact loods 6.

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Edgar Walthert

type and graphic-designer


 

Edgar Walthert, Type- & Graphic-Design

 

Edgar Walthert comes from Switzerland, where he studied design at Lucerne University of Applied Science. He worked as a packaging design in Hamburg for 5 years before enrolling in the distinguished TypeMedia postgraduate program at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 2006.

Edgar enhanced his typedesign and production skills with a yearlong internship at LucasFonts in Berlin. Since 2008, he has worked from his own type and graphic design studio in Amsterdam and continues to freelance at LucasFonts.

 

1979 Born and raised in Dagmersellen

 

1996-2000 Lucerne University of Applied Science and Art

 

1998 Internship at feldmann+schultchen design studios, Hamburg

 

1999 Assisted in the design of Adrian Frutiger exhibition "READ ME" at Spinform.

 

2000-2005 Designer at feldmann+schultchen design studios

 

2006-2007 Postgraduate type-design course type]media Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague

 

2007-2008 Intership at LucasFonts in Berlin

Edgar Walthert

Letterontwerper en vormgever


 

Edgar Walthert, Type- & Graphic-Design

 

Edgar Walthert (1979, Zwitser­land) studeert eind jaren negentig grafisch ontwerp aan de kunstaca­demie van Luzern.

Hij werkt een aantal jaren als grafisch ontwerper in Hamburg, Duitsland.

Vanaf 2006 volgt hij de post­graduate opleiding TypeMedia aan de Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag. Daar focust hij zich een jaar volledig op het ontwerpen van lettertypes. Aansluitend vindt hij een werkplek bij LucasFonts in Berlijn, waar hij nu nog regelmatig opdrachten voor uitvoert. 

Sinds 2008 werkt Edgar als zelf­standig letterontwerper en vormgever vanuit zijn studio in Amsterdam.

 Klanten omschrijven hem als toegewijd, betrouwbaar, innovatief
en vriendelijk. In combinatie met zijn crea­tieve ‘drive’ en persoonlijke aanpak zorgt dit altijd voor een prettige werksfeer en bijzondere resultaten.

 

 

 

1979 geboren en opge­groeid in Dagmersellen

 

1996-2000 Lucerne University of Applied Science and Art

 

1998 Stage bij feldmann+
schult­chen
design studios, Hamburg

 

1999 Assistentie bij het ontwerp van de Adrian Frutiger tentoonstelling "READ ME" in studio Spinform.

 

2000-2005 Ontwerper bij feldmann+schultchen design studios

 

2006-2007 Postgraduate opleiding letterontwerp, TypeMedia aan de Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten,

Den Haag

 

2007-2008 Stage bij LucasFonts in Berlijn

Edgar Walthert

Type- und Grafik-Designer


 

Edgar Walthert, Type- & Graphic-Design

 

Edgar Walthert (1979, Schweiz) studierte in den späten Neunzigern Grafik Design in Luzern.

Nach mehreren Jahren als Grafik- und Verpackungs-designer in Hamburg, besuchte er das anerkannte TypeMedia Aufbaustudium an der Königlichen Akademie der Künste in Den Haag, welches ihm erlaubte, sich ein komplettes Jahr in die Geschichte und Praxis der Schriftgestaltung zu vertiefen. Direkt im Anschluss folgte ein Jahr bei LucasFonts in Berlin.

Seit 2008 arbeitet er sowohl grafisch als auch als Schriftgestalter in seinem Studio in Amsterdam. 

 

1979 Geboren und aufge­wachsen in Dagmersellen

 

1996-2000 Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst

 

1998 Praktikum bei feldmann+schultchen design studios, Hamburg

 

1999 Assisted zur Gestaltung der Adrian Frutiger Ausstellung "READ ME" bei Spinform.

 

2000-2005 Designer bei feldmann+schultchen design studios

 

2006-2007 Type-Design Master TypeMedia an der Königlichen Akademi der bildenden Künste in Den Haag

 

2007-2008 Praktikum bei LucasFonts in Berlin

Copyright


 

Copyright © 2012 Edgar Walthert

 

Ownership of copyright: The copyright in this website and the material on this website (including without limitation the text, computer code, artwork, photographs, images, music, audio material, video material and audio-visual material on this website) is owned by us and our licensors.

 

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Credits


 

Site Construction:
Thijs Gadiot

 

Dutch Text Edit:
Karin van Kooten

 

Portrait Foto:
Daniel Bosschieter

 

Additional Code:
Pirmin Walthert

 

Typefaces:
Logical & Georgia

 

Design & Layout:
Edgar Walthert

 

Copyright Template:
SEQ Legal

Services


 

While Edgar likes to serve
small businesses with a complete range of corporate objects, he is equally happy to provide design agencies or corporate clients with specialized creative work.

His ability to adapt other people's styles and work with his own expertise makes him the perfect partner for detailed, often small-scale, assignments. Please click on the titles for samples of related work.

 

Redesign

 

The art of redesigning gives a brand a facelift without erasing its original identity. In most cases the client is presented with a range of steps leading to the brand’s evolution. The client has the freedom to choose the extent of the redesign.

 


 

Advice

 

Edgar is often asked for consultation in choosing typefaces or web-font techniques. He has a broad knowledge of the technical advantages and disadvantages of particular typefaces.

 


 

Final Artwork

 

Newly designed logos often need refinement of balance and shape. Variations of usage also need different optimisations for a final logo. 

 


 

 

Custom Type

 

Edgar excels at designing new fonts for particular clients and events. Type design possibilities range from display-typeface to web-font to a whole professional type-family.

 


 

Typeface Modification

 

As soon as the owner of the copyright gives permission, modifications and improvements can always be made to an existing typeface.

 


 

Digitizing Fonts

 

A hand-drawn or constructed type-sketch can be made into a professional and working typeface.

 


 

Welkom,

fijn dat u er bent!


 

Edgar Walthert is letterontwerper en vormgever. Hij groeide op in Zwitserland, maar leeft en werkt al meer dan zeven jaar in Nederland. Ondertussen begrijpt hij de Nederlandse taal en de mensen uitstekend.

 Swiss cross fading into orange cross - x x x

Sinds 2006 werkte hij succesvol samen met klanten en instituten zoals Stroom, Ontwerpwerk, GroenLinks, De Toneelmakerij, Ghetto Radio, This is Africa, Rechtbank Amsterdam, FMB Uitgevers en Corpus Kunstkritiek.

Op de volgende pagina’s vindt u voorbeelden van werk en projecten van Edgar Walthert voor Nederlandse klanten. Op de Engelstalige pagina’s staat volop informatie over zijn werk voor buitenlandse klanten. Heeft u nog vragen over een bepaald project?
Bel of mail gerust.

 

De studio van Edgar Walthert is gevestigd in de Houthaven van Amsterdam, met een geweldig uitzicht op het IJ. Hij verwelkomt u graag op zijn prettige werkplek, om te bespre­ken wat hij voor u en uw bedrijf kan betekenen.

 

Edgar vindt het belangrijk dat elke klant een succesvol eindproduct krijgt - en de beste voor hem geschikte service. Het komt dus wel eens voor dat hij een samenwerking voorstelt met iemand uit zijn netwerk, of doorverwijst naar een competente collega.

 

Veel plezier bij het rondkijken op
deze site.

Your Point Of View


een duidelijk begrijpbaar model

 

In 2007 maakt Edgar in opdracht van Stroom Den Haag een installatie, waardoor het publiek op een speelse manier begrijpt hoe makkelijk je statistieken beïnvloedt. 

 Wil je een uitkomst veranderen? Dan hoef je alleen maar het perspectief van de waarnemer in de juiste positie te brengen. Is dat eerlijk, liegen of subtiele manipulatie?

Your Point Of View @ Stroom Den Haag

 

Op uitnodiging van het Stadhuis van Den Haag maakt Edgar Walthert daarna een vernieuwde versie van zijn installatie, op grotere schaal.
Zo begrijpt en ervaart het publiek nog beter hoe dit werkt. Belangrijke details worden makkelijk verstopt achter opvallende onderwerpen. Of bewust op de achtergrond gezet.

Your Point Of View @ Stadhuis Den Haag

Ontwerpwerk vraagt een jaar later om een derde variant op deze installatie. Die maakt Edgar voor de tentoonstelling "lovely language - words divide images unite" in het Centraal Museum in Utrecht.

 

Your Point Of View @ Centraalmuseum Utrecht

Bent u geïnteresseerd in deze installatie of in vergelijkbaar werk? Aarzel dan niet. Neem gerust contact op met de ontwerper.

Hij stelt graag vragen over waarom dingen zijn zoals ze zijn. Hij heeft veel interesse in politieke en sociale onderwerpen. En heeft een opvallend frisse blik op onderwerpen, omdat hij werkt in Amsterdam, Zwitserland en Berlijn.

 

After Neurath, een project­jaar van Stroom Den Haag.

 

Website van de tentoon­stel­­ling in het Stadhuis Den Haag.

 

Catalogus van "lovely langauge", gemaakt door Ontwerpwerk Den Haag voor het Centraal Museum Utrecht.

GroenLinks


Verkiezingen 2010

 

 

Twee maanden voor de verkiezin­gen van 2010 komt er een aanvraag binnen van GroenLinks: ze zijn op zoek naar iemand die DTP-werk voor hun verkiezingscampagne kan verzorgen. Esther de Boer en Edgar Walthert nemen deze opdracht aan onder coördinatie van Maarten Brouwer.

GroenLinks Logo-Kleuren 2010

Er worden al gauw stappen gezet naar een sterkere huisstijl. De ont­werpers besluiten om een krachtiger groen te gebruiken voor GroenLinks, in plaats van het fletse groen uit het verleden.

 

In de hectische maanden die volgen haalt Edgar vele onmogelijke deadlines. Het lukt hem om elke nieuwe wens van GroenLinks succesvol te realiseren, mede dankzij zijn jaren­lange ervaring met productiebedrijven en drukkers.

GroenLinks Toekomst-Tour Bus

Hij verzorgt bijvoorbeeld alle benodigdheden voor een bus voor Femke Halsema, de aankleding van het partijcongres en mobiele evenemen­ten. 

GroenLinks congres aankleding

 

GroenLinks campagne layout 2010

De ontwerper ontwikkelt ook een word-template, zodat partijleden zelf flyers kunnen ontwerpen en veilig naar de drukker sturen.

 

Esther de Boer is een Neder­landse ontwerpster met veel ervaring met politieke en culturele ontwerpen. Tijdens een samenwerking met Esther de Boer ontstond ook het logo dat Edgar maakte voor Ghetto Radio en het unieke lettertype voor De Toneelmakerij.

Corpus Kunstkritiek


offline krant

 

Op basis van de corporate identity van Corpus Kunstkritiek, gemaakt door Mathilde de Vriese, ontwikkelt Edgar Walthert een krant. Daarin komt een selectie van toneelkritieken die eerder online werd gepubliceerd.

Een PDF van deze krant vindt u op de website van een van de schrijvers.

 

De Toneelmakerij


op maat gemaakte letters

 

Edgar Walthert ontwerpt in 2011 een exclusief lettertype voor De Toneelmakerij, naadloos toegepast op de ontwerpstijl van de Amsterdamse ontwerpster Esther de Boer. Archetypische letters uit het Amster­damse straatbeeld geven hem daarbij volop inspiratie.

 

Omdat de twee ontwerpers eerder samen werkten, weet Edgar: eigenlijk hoort er een set pictogrammen bij dit lettertype. Hij maakt een unieke serie pictogrammen op maat. Deze worden inmiddels volop gebruikt, zoals op deze poster en door De Toneel­makerij geproduceerde tas.

DE TONEELMAKERIJ Tas

Ook de internet-pagina van De Toneelmakerij heeft een geheel eigen stijl. Edgar Walthert maakte een speciale versie van zijn lettertype voor optimaal gebruik op beeldschermen en internet.

 

Mathilde de Vriese ontwerpt hoofdzakelijk voor opdrachtgevers in de culturele sector. Zij werkt op dezelfde broedplaats als Edgar Walthert in de Amsterdamse Houthaven.

 

Esther de Boer vroeg in eerste instantie of zij het lettertype van Ghetto Radio mocht gebruiken voor De Toneelmakerij. In plaats daarvan maakte Edgar Walthert een exclusieve nieuwe versie van deze letter, met typisch Amsterdamse letters als inspiratiebron.

Willkommen,

schön dass sie da sind!


 

Edgar Walthert ist ein Schweizer Type- und Grafik-Designer mit Sitz in Amsterdam.

 

Zwischen 1998 und 2006 sammelte er bei der Hamburger Agentur feldmann+schultchen design studios viel Erfahrung in diversen Gestaltungs­disziplinen und im Umgang mit Kunden.

 

Unabhängig davon entwirft Edgar Album-Covers für den Rapper Dendemann, entwickelte zusammen mit gudella, barche das Redesign der Airline Germania und gestaltet T-Shirts für Shirtlab in Hamburg.

 

Zudem ist er regelmäßig in Berlin anzutreffen wo er bei LucasFonts Schriften von Luc(as) de Groot ausbaut.

 

Ausser dem Porträt ist die restliche Webseite zur Zeit lediglich in Englisch ausgeführt.

Falls Sie Fragen haben zu einem bestimm­ten Projekt oder gerne ein Deutsches Portfolio erhalten möchten, zögern Sie bitte nicht mit Edgar Walthert in Kontakt zu treten. 

 

Specialised in type, logo and graphic design, Edgar also has experience in design for corporate-identities, websites,
illustration, magazines and brochures.

 

Such a diversity of expertise gives the client the opportunity to have all of his or her design needs shaped by one hand. Clients like Dendemann and This is Africa exemplify this kind of all-encompassing design.

 

Discipines:

 

Software-Skills

  • Fontlab (pro)
  • Photoshop (pro)
  • Illustrator (pro)
  • InDesign (pro)
  • Flash (pro)
  • Action-Script (basic)
  • iWork / iLife (pro)
  • MS Office (pro)
  • Python (basic)
  • CSS, Html, Php (basic)
  • Visual TrueType (basic)
  • Glyphs (basic)

Corporate Identity


When Edgar starts to create a corporate identity he first wants to understand the mission and busi­ness of the client. With a combina­tion of perception and openness he is able to craft an ensemble of design elements which perfectly express the brand or client's image.

The result is a seamless entity that is both highly professional, as well as eye-catching. Clients find it greatly beneficial to have all of their design needs directed from one source. 

 

Bluwi Corporate Identity


Rafael Küffer - Anwalt - Ausstattung


 

 


 

Weitblick Films Amsterdam - Peter Franken


 

Lieftink Straftechtadvocaat

 


Up Up Up - Namecards


 

This is Africa

This is Africa, a multi-faceted platform for arts, music and culture in Africa, has relied on Edgar for a range of design needs since 2009.


 

Corporate-Identity

 

More projects with a focus on corporate design are available on this page.


 

Logos

 

A selection of logos.


 

Die Balz

Die Balz - Selbstinszenierung und Dokumentarkultur

Artist manifesto and monograph.


 

Bluwi

Bluwi Logo

A friendly mascot.


 

Bühne Burgäschi

Bühne Burgäschi 2013 - Die Fledermaus

Outfit for a Swiss operetta production.


 

Chateau Techno

Chateau Techno Logo

Logo and poster for a techno event promoter in Amsterdam.


 

Illustration


His ability of drawing was what brought Edgar on the way of becoming a graphic-designer in the first place.

In his career as a designer, he kept on sketching and drawing and often offers manual or digital illustration within or as solution of a design task.

 

Dendemann - Petze

Icons for Dendemann's Vom Vintage Verweht


Molotow Brass Orkestar


 

T-Shirt for T-Shirtladen Marktstraße 16 Hamburg

Several t-shirts for Shirtlab in Hamburg

 

 

The Socratizers - How To Color A Damaged World


 

edj Best Of 2012 - dublab.com

Hand-drawn mix-cover for the Best Of 2012 on dublab.com. This cover bacame the key-visual for the theme-stream of all Best Of 2012 mixes.

 

Logos


To create a logo is to represent the core qualities of a business through a single symbolic element. Edgar produces bold and effective logos that transmit the image and message of the business even when printed in black and white or on a small surface.

Edgar's approach is to intelli­gently fit the meaning of a brand right into the logotype rather than adding it as a purely decorative component. 

 

 Instant - easy, cheap+ fast


Bluwi - sound-Design Hamburg


Chteauc Techno Amsterdam


Eins Zwo - Hip Hop - Dendemann


The Socratizers

 

Dendemann Logo


Joel - Carry Slee


Weitblick Films - Logo


Mungge - Logo


Magma dye transfer editions


wwcom softphone communication logo

 

Dendemann

Edgar has produced all of the designs for the rapper Dendemann since 1998.


 

dublab

Under the name edj, Edgar contributes music sessions to the Los Angeles based radio project dublab.com.


 

Offline

Classic Techno


 

Molotow
Brass Orkestar

Since its birth, Edgar has tended to all of this energetic band's design needs.


 

Chateau Techno

Chateau Techno LogoA strong icon for a techno event promoter.


 

Record Covers

 


 

instant

Instant was Edgar’s diploma project together with classmates Andrea Züllig and Jennifer Rothenfluh. The concept: a kid’s keyboard orchestra with extreme attitude.


 

Deimel

Deimel Guitarworks

Logo redesign for a guitar manufacturer based in Berlin.


 

Agile Typeface 

Agile TypefamilyA lively sans-serif font family with a range of application possibilities.


 

Type Production

For many years Edgar has supported type and graphic designers in the production and extension of their typefaces.


 

Sonic Waves 

Sonic Waves

An audiovisual type face designed for Dublab.


 

Toneelmakerij 

Toneelmakerij Poster

Custom made typeface


 

Ghetto Radio

Personal logo and display font for a non-profit organisation.


 

 

Logical

 

This Quick Blue Font

 

The typeface featured on this website alongside Georgia is currently in the design-phase.


 

Custom Type

 

Exclusive typefaces or logotypes.


 

Webdesign


Edgar has configured several websites. With his knowledge of code and the possibilities of web-languages, he often functions as a mediator between client and programmer.

 

Bonte Zwaan

Bonte Zwaan Website 

Website for the floating studio-building Edgar's workspace is situated in. Contstructed by Marijn van Beek. The used font is most recent version of Logical.

 

Lieftink Strafrechtadvocaat

Lieftink Strafrechtadvocaat - Website

New website for the Amstadam based criminal defense lawyer, Jan-Jesse Lieftink. Edgar also created his corporate identity.


 

thisisafrica.me

 

A portal for young, urban Africa.

Edgar directed the redesign which has been executed inhouse at This Is Africa.


 

Dubbeltjespanden

Dubbeltjespanden Wesite

A website for art in pubic space created by Marjet Wessels Boer.

 

Dendemann

Dendemann Website DendeOS

 

Fitting to the cover-artwork, this website is designed as a graphic user interface.


 

Bühne Burgäschi

Bühne Burgäschi Website


 

Neutrass

Neutrass Website

Together with his programming brother Pirmin, Edgar designed the new website for Neutrass and its sister Neutra-Medica.

 

Redesign


 

The art of redesigning gives a brand a facelift without erasing its original identity. In most cases the client is presented with a range of steps leading to the brand’s evolution. The client has the freedom to choose the extent of the redesign.

Germania Logo Redesign

In the case of Germania, the agency gudella, barche. and the client wanted to take a large step towards a more cutting edge brand design. The former logo was designed in the 1970’s and made some people say it might "arouse flying anxiety". 

 

The redesign maintained the general colour and layout, but created a more modern, curved and calmer logo.

Edgar also fine-tuned the original type, designed by the famous Adrian Frutiger, by looking into the possible errors of digitalization and re-defining the typeface’s original proportions.

Frutiger G

Four more examples of typical redesigns can be seen on the next page.

 

gudella, barche. the agency from Hamburg who gave me this opprotunity.

 

The new Germania logo in use.

 

Advice

 

Final Artwork

 

Custom Type

 

Type Modification

 

Digitizing Fonts

Frank Deimel marks his guitars with an auto-traced scan of his signature — a perfect way to brand his distinctly manufactured instruments. In 2010 he decided to bring his produc­tion to a new level and asked for an refined version of his logo. He wanted letter shapes that echoed the same precision and attention to form and shape as his own products.Deimel Logo Redesign

Edgar created a signature with better readability and composition, while paying attention not to lose the original liveliness and dynamic of the design. A  custom font, one that fits the style and angle of the perfected logo­type, replaced the old-fashioned looking Eurostile.

 

Wind Wanderers Logo 

In the case of Wind Wanderers, a bike rental business, Edgar redesigned the logo as well as integrated the origin of the business name (a wind wand loca­­ted in New Plymouth, New Zealand) into the lettering.

 

Hauschild Logo Redesign

For the newly founded agency Orange Counsel, Edgar redesigned the logotype for Hauschild, a medical supply company.

 

With Oetinger, a dated but friendly logo was streamlined and fitted to the new corporate font Thesis Sans. 

Edgar participated in the Oetinger redesign as part of the team of the Hamburg-based feldmann+schult­chen design studios.

 

Deimel Guitarworks

A German manufacturer of guitars.

 

Hamburg agency
Orange Council.

 

Oetinger children books.

 

Hamburg agency feldmann+schul­tchen design studios.

 

Advice

 

Final Artwork

 

Custom Type

 

Type Modification

 

Digitizing Fonts

Advice

counsel in type-specific questions




Edgar’s love of fonts developed during his studies in Switzerland.
The shapes of letters and the life of
a typeface from design to product always intrigued him. He furthered his understanding of type while studying in the TypeMedia post-graduate course at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

Edgar suggests two easy to access sources for dealing with every day type questions (the most popular: what is that font called?).

Myfonts.com has a service called "what the font", which is surprisingly accurate in finding fonts. Another possibility is identifont which also has a large database of type-designers and their fonts.

If these automated services can't do the job, Edgar can help with these inquiries as well as specialized advice such as technical questions about fonts, usage on screen and alternative possibilities or combinations of type-faces.

A free font recognition service provided by Myfonts.com called
"what the font".

 

Identifont.com is a semi-automated service similar to the link above.

 

Redesign

 

Final Artwork

 

Custom Type

 

Type Modification

 

Digitizing Fonts

final artwork


Mythen Logo Final Artwork

 

In order to create a precise and expressive logo, designers and agencies often need an expert in final artwork to fine-tune original work.

In the case of the Mythen logo, David Clavadetscher had a draft loosely based on an existing typeface. He asked Edgar to fit the letters into the silhouette of the Mythen massif and refine the rhythm and the curves of the logotype.

Gondel with Mythen Logo

In addition, Edgar took care of an optically adjusted version for negative print, defining the color-codes and creating several file-formats.

Custom Type


 

 

A custom type is one of the most distinctive communication elements for a brand or organisation. With Ghetto Radio , for instance, a custom type enabled the brand to evolve from a small organisation devoted primarily to their Kenyan radio station into the larger and more international This is Africa.

The unusual capital-ligatures give every line of words a logo-character without additional touch-ups. The font is also used as a web-font on their thisisafrica.me site.

Type Modification


 Thijs Gadiot Plotter-Font

 

Sometimes an existing font needs adjustments to fit the needs of a client. 

Though technically Edgar has all the abilities to make such changes or refinement of a font, he will not start with an assignment until the owner of the copyright is contacted and permis­sion is given. Generally the best way to ask for a modification of the typeface is to contact the creator or foundry that sells the typeface. 

If this direct service is not possible for whatever reason, Edgar will be happy to make necessary modifica­tions.

Examples of changes include: alliterative shapes or figures, missing letters for foreign languages, improve­ment of kerning or hinting, or even adding a missing weight or width.

Digitizing Typefaces


 

 

 

 

 

Handmade or experimental type­faces are as popular as ever. While most designers set them "by hand", it is often less time consuming to work with a font-file. Furthermore, web-fronts add even more potential for usability.

In addition to a black and white font, photofonts make it possible to create a type-able font out of colored photos or illustrations. Edgar has the software and ability to create this new technic.

Type Production

adapting to anothers handwriting


Edgar Walthert's Notebook

One of many checklists to keep track of the changes in different weights and files of Taz III at LucasFonts.

 

Since 2007, Edgar has worked as a freelance type designer at LucasFonts in Berlin, where he enhances original typefaces produced by studio founder Luc(as) de Groot. His assignment is primarily to further development of the Taz Family. For instance, he might add more widths, additional glyps for use in foreign languages, or correct hairline cuts of this contemporary typeface.

 

While working at LucasFonts and other studios, Edgar realized that he is skilled at adapting to someone else's handwriting or style. The expertise and experience he gains while working with a master of the profession is invaluable. In addition he learns and refines skills that he can apply, both to his graphic design practice and in the production of his own typefaces

 

LucasFonts GmbH, Berlin

 

Taz III, the type-family Edgar mainly works on at LucasFonts.

Altophonium Quartett

 

Several cover for Dendemann

 

Single and album for Eins Zwo

 

Two albums for Molotow Brass Orkestar

 

The Socratizers

 

Sonic Delusion

Agile Typeface


 

Agile Typeface Specimen Poster

  

Agile was the Edgar’s TypeMedia graduation project.

He then developed it into an extensive type family.

 

In a time when new text faces are published almost every day, Edgar noticed a gap between clean, rather technical faces, and those typefaces with pronounced influences from handwriting.

Starting with experimental, unusual letterforms, the design gradually evolved, in a process of fine-tuning and adapting the characters to each other until they formed a harmonious whole. Compared to many other digitally produced fonts, Agile has a large number of unique shapes — similar segments that nevertheless are not simply clones of each other, but have been adapted to the individual letters. This approach lends Agile its lively and organic nature. 

The result of this rather artisanal method is a pleasurable alphabet that is suitable for both headlines and longer body text; its spirited nature is evident in small as well as in larger point sizes. 

 

 

The Agile family comes in 10 weights, from Hairline to Fat. These are accom­panied by true italics — 20 fonts in all, each including small caps, extensive language support, several sets of numerals, a fine choice of ligatures, many alternate letters and more. These features make Agile a reliable tool for almost any typographic challenge.

 

Agile is distributed through Village's sub foundry Incubator.

 

TypeMedia at the KABK in The Hague is an inter­nationally renowned masters degree program.

 

Jan Middendorp's review of Agile on typographica.

Agile Typeface - all weights

All 20 fonts are distributed through Village Foundry for a package price of 

US $ 400.-

 

The basic set including Book, Book Italic, Bold and Bold Italic US $ 150.-

 

A single weight of Agile can be purchased for US $ 50.- 

 

A pair of upright and italic font of the same weight

US $ 75.-

 

Agile Specimen close-up

The poster for Agile was printed at Drukkerij Jan de Jong and designed by Suzanne Bakkum.

 

If you are interested in a free specimen-poster, please send a eMail to info@ewalthert.com

The design studio Trapped in Suburbia used Agile for the wall text in "Design it Yourself", an exhibition at the Graphic Design Museum in Breda.

They also included the typeface in "Typecal The Hague" at the world exposition in Shanghai. 

Agile in Shanghai at World Exposition

 

Jan Middendorp, the well known type journalist and book designer used Agile as the main text-typeface in a textbook about mindfulness. The choice of Agile for an entire book's typeface is evidence of  its great legibility. 

In the recently released Shaping Text, a guide for working with type, Middendorp used Agile as the title typeface.

 

 

 

 

Another user of Agile is the Dutch designer Mathilde de Vriesewho worked with the typeface in two books produced by Huis Aan De Amstel. This theater group merged with Wederzijds to become De Toneelmakerij currently uses a custom typeface made by Edgar Walthert.

 

MOTI Museum of the Image, formerly known as the Graphic Design Museum.

 

Trapped in Suburbia, a design agency in The Hague, Netherlands.

 

Jan Middendorp, bookdesigner and type journalist.

 

Mathilde de Vriese, designer for theater, art and culture.

Die Balz


 

 

Die Balz is a magazine made by and about Balz Isler in collaboration with friends and fellow artists. Balz asked Edgar to design the complete magazine for a solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Essen. The result was a witty overview of Balz’s work in the style of a glossy art magazine. Swiss designer Anton Studer provided the featured typefaces.

The magazine prominently features the project ‘Tapmosphere’ an ongoing installation created with friends Block Barley and Béla Pablo Janssen.

 

Typefaces Medien and Rekja published by NouvelNoire and designed by Anton Studer.

 

Tapemosphere is a copro­ducion of Béla Pablo Janssen, Block Barley and Balz Isler.

 

 

Typefaces Medien and Rekja published by NouvelNoire and designed by Anton Studer.

 

Tapemosphere is a copro­ducion of Béla Pablo Janssen, Block Balrey and Balz Isler.

 

 

Typefaces Medien and Rekja published by NouvelNoire and designed by Anton Studer.

 

Tapemosphere is a copro­ducion of Béla Pablo Janssen, Block Balrey and Balz Isler.

 

 

Typefaces Medien and Rekja published by NouvelNoire and designed by Anton Studer.

 

Tapemosphere is a copro­ducion of Béla Pablo Janssen, Block Balrey and Balz Isler.

 

 

Typefaces Medien and Rekja published by NouvelNoire and designed by Anton Studer.

 

Tapemosphere is a copro­ducion of Béla Pablo Janssen, Block Balrey and Balz Isler.

 

 

Typefaces Medien and Rekja published by NouvelNoire and designed by Anton Studer.

 

Tapemosphere is a copro­ducion of Béla Pablo Janssen, Block Balrey and Balz Isler.

 

 

Typefaces Medien and Rekja published by NouvelNoire and designed by Anton Studer.

 

Tapemosphere is a copro­ducion of Béla Pablo Janssen, Block Balrey and Balz Isler.

 

 

Typefaces Medien and Rekja published by NouvelNoire and designed by Anton Studer.

 

Tapemosphere is a copro­ducion of Béla Pablo Janssen, Block Balrey and Balz Isler.

 

 

Typefaces Medien and Rekja published by NouvelNoire and designed by Anton Studer.

 

Tapemosphere is a copro­ducion of Béla Pablo Janssen, Block Balrey and Balz Isler.

Bluwi


 

 

During his time at feldmann+
schult­chen design
, Edgar designed this mascot for a studio of advertisement and movie score musicians. The result was a catchy symbol that illustrated the concept "sound made for visuals". A mascot was used for a range of fashion items.


This corporate identity was selected by the Graphis Design Annual 2005.

 

GRAPHIS The Best Of International Visual Communigations.

Bühne Burgäschi

Gräfin Mariza


 

Bühne Burgäschi 2009 - Gräfin Mariza

 

Complete corporate identity for a Swiss operetta organisation. Bühne Burgäschi is the
bi-annual operetta of
the umbrella-organisa- tion Musik im Äusseren Wasseramt.

 

Gräfin Mariza - 2009

Emmerich Kálmán

Bühne Burgäschi

die Lustige Witwe


 

Bühne Burgäschi 2011 - Die lustige WitweBühne Burgäschi 2011 - Die lustige Witwe

 

Complete corporate identity for a Swiss operetta organisation. Bühne Burgäschi is the
bi-annual operetta of
the umbrella-organisa- tion Musik im Äusseren Wasseramt.

 

Die Lustige Witwe - 2011

Franz Lehár

Bühne Burgäschi

Die Fledermaus


 

Bühne Burgäschi - Die Fledermaus - PosterBühne Burgäschi - Die Fledermaus - Programmheft

 

Complete corporate identity for a Swiss operetta organisation. Bühne Burgäschi is the
bi-annual operetta of
the umbrella-organisa- tion Musik im Äusseren Wasseramt.

 

Die Fledermaus - 2013

Johann Strauss

Chateau Techno


 

Chateau Techno - 1st partyChateau Techno - 1 Year Anniversary

 

This icon helped Chateau Techno to advertise a successful party series. The knight’s helmet is now associated with one of the biggest tech house events in Amsterdam.
 

With the Chateau Techno logo, Edgar aimed to create a simple and fluid design, which easily transforms to fit different events. Comparable to the iconic Absolut Vodka advertising campaign, each new poster thematises the logo, but retains its strong geometry and recognizable identity.

Shortly after beginning their collaboration with Edgar, Chateau Techno won a Dutch Techno Award and sold out a huge venue even before announcing the acts.

 

Coordinated by Peter van Apeldoorn and Bert van't Land.

 

In cooperation with Thijs and Job Steggink.

Dendemann


 

 

For more than ten years Edgar has produced all of the designs for the German rapper Dendemann.

Edgar first created the iconic logo­type for Dendemann’s former hip-hop duo Eins Zwo in 1999.

In the years since, Dendemann has produced several records, endless promotional and merchandise material and two websites, each in close collaboration between musician and designer.

 

Please click below to get a better sense of Dendemann’s style.

 

Dendemann's homepage was inspired by a GUI (graphic user interface), fitting the PowerBook design of the album sleeve.

 

The icons which have been created for this artwork, get more into focus in the section of illustration.

 

 

The cover artwork for "Die Pfütze des Eisbergs" was based on a classic American notebook design. Dendemann used to write his notes, ideas and lyrics in such a journal. The deluxe version came in a specially configured digi-pack with enclosed booklet featuring reproductions of his original notes.

 

For the live album, "Abersowas­vonLive", the same cover transformed into a well-worn version of the same booklet.

 

The American Composition Book on Wikipedia.

Vom Vintage Verweht


Dendemann - Stumpf Ist TrumpfDendemann - Stupf Ist Trumpf / Recordjunkie - 7-Inch
 

The second studio album "Vom Vintage Verweht" (Gone with the vintage), took the design of the previous album a step further. As Dendemann now was writing and making songs-sketches on a PowerBook, it was the logical follow-up design for this album.

The naively drawn graffiti which is decorating it, is inspired by 80es school-book doodling. 

 

Fitting to the vintage-theme and the computer, the singles where designed as obsolete data carrier.

 

To complete this conceptual design time-travel, the website was created based on a GUI and with pop-up windows. Contrasting new and old technics as much as the music on Vom Vintage Verweht does.

 

 

 

A sampling of logos used in merchandising, tour-posters, video-clips or online, which follow Dende­mann's concept "something in-between metal and hip-hop".

 

The video-clip for Dendemann's single "Stumpf ist Trumpf 3.0".

 

Shirts and other merchan­­dise produced and distri­buted by the Cleptomanicx.

Web 2.0 Icons


 

Dendemann - Nesthocker  Dendemann - Stupf Ist Trumpf 3.0 Dendemann - Verrückt Nach Dir - Rorschach 

Dendemann - 0 Roboter Dendemann - Und Wenn Ja, Warum? - Banana Dendemann - Freie Radikale GbRdH - Heart Skull Hand Dendemann - Tierisch 

Dendemann - Petze - Snitch Dendemann - Metapher than Leather - Apple Baseball Dendemann  - Es Geht Bergab 

Dendemann - I'm A Record Junkie  Dendemann - Papierkrieg - Paperplane

 

For Dendemann's album "Von Vintage Verweht," Edgar created a unique illustration for each track that appeared on both the record cover and website. 

 

1. Nesthocker (Person who is slow to leave the family "nest")

2. Stupf ist Trumpf (blunt is trump)

3. Verrückt nach dit (crazy for you)

4. 0 Roboter (zero robot)

5. Und wenn ja, warum? (and if yes, why?)

6. Freie Radikale (free radicals society)

7. Tiereisch (beastly)

8. Petze (snitch)

9. Metapher than Leather

10. Es geht bergab (It's going downhill)

11. I'm A Record Junkie

12. Hörma! (listen!)

13. Papierkrieg (paper war)

 

 

Dendemann's homepage was inspired by a GUI (graphic user interface), fitting the PowerBook design of the album sleeve.

The icons found there place in the dock similar to the popular operating system.

 

dublab

edj mixes


 

 

 

Edgar is currently a dj for the Los Angeles based dublab Internet radio project. In addition to his occasional music installments, he is also involved in several art projects and produced graphics for events and branding.

 

The labrat page has most of edj's mixes.

 

Into Infinity, an audiovisual on-and-offline art project.

 

Sonic Waves, an experimental typeface initiated by dublab's Into Infinity project.

dublab

turning on tomorrow proton drive


 

dublab Turning on Tomorrow Proton Drive

 

Edgar designed the bi-annual proton drive for dublab in spring 2011.

 

Alongside the temporary design of the website and banners, he also designed a fitting tote bag and a compilation cover.

 

dublab

A German Sound Exploration


 

dublab - a german sound exploration

 

For a collabora­tion between dublab and the Goethe Institute, Edgar was able to use the not yet released Hinterland typefaces by Fritz Grögel.

Eins Zwo


Eins Zwo Zwei Digipack

 

The logo of Eins Zwo (a Hamburg hip-hop duo comprised of DJ Rabaucke and MC Dendemann) exclusively uses the numerals zero to three.

Eins Zwo Logo

The logo is memorable in the German hip-hop scene and was the start of a design collaboration between Edgar and Dendemann.

 

Dendemann launched a solo career in 2003, and has become an important figure in the German cultural and music world.

Ghetto Radio Typeface


 

 

 

The Ghetto Radio typeface is meant to echo the strong style of the station's bulldog icon. The type acts as a kind of logo in and of itself. How is this accomplished? Connections bet­ween letters are created atomatically by OpenType technic. The unusual capital ligatures create a solid look on every line of text and are thus turn words automatically into logos. 

When shortly after the creation of this identiy, the European department of Ghetto Radio decided to change their name to This is Africa, all they had to do was to type the new brand name using their personalised font. 

The radio station in Nairobi, Kenya is still uses the original name Ghetto Radio in combination with the bulldog. Thanks of the strong and re­cogni­sable typeface, the identities of the two organizations can focus on their parti­cu­lar target-group and loca­tion. Still, they will always be clearly connected through the usage of the same typeface.

 

 

Ghetto Radio Nairobi, Kenya

 

This is Africa is the Dutch initiative and website with the target to spread a more positive picture of Africa.

 

 

Lieftink Strafrechtadvocaat


 

Lieftink Strafrechtadvocaat Corporate Identity

 

In collaboration with the graphic and web designer Thijs Gadiot and the photographer Daniel Bosschieter, Edgar created this strong identity for the criminal defense lawyer Jan-Jesse Lieftink

 

The logo is based on the typeface  that Atelier Carvalho Bernau created for the eightieth birthday of Jean-Luc Godard.

Logical


 

Logotyper is Edgar’s newest typeface and is currently in the design-phase. While Agile explored natural movement and a lively pattern within the text, Logotyper could be said to do the opposite. Logical is inspired to a greater extent by the grid and a linear work process.

Because of his insight into the technics of hinting and optimisation of fonts for the screen, Edgar decided at an early stage to include beneficial attributes to the typeface that would result in enhanced digital legibility. 

 

0123456789
!@?:;.,<>&

 
 

Edgar plans to add abundant picto­graphical icons and shapes that will fit the weight of the fonts.

This is a concept he already started in Agile and with a custom typeface for De Toneelmakkerij.

 

the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog

 

These symbols, other useful shapes and many OpenType features make this typeface fun to work with. In other words, Logical will have many application possibilities beyond making logos.

 

 
 

The uppercase has narrow and even proportions and is reminiscent of a monospaced typeface.

 

ABCDEFGHIJ KLMNOPQRS TUVWXYZ äöüßéè

 

Though it already has enough glyphs to appear as the leading typeface on this website, Logical still needs at it will take at least half a year before it is finished and released.

 

Look forward to logotyper's release in late 2013 to early 2014.

 
 

The custom-font of De Toneelmakerij has a broad set of icons that fit the typeface perfectly.

 

Ghetto Radio's display-type­face comes with an outstan­ding set of capital-ligatures.

Molotow Brass Orkestar


 Molotow Brass Orkestar - Albumcovers

 

For Molotow Brass Orkestar Edgar created an alter ego from a century past. Whenever the band has a design request, he grabs a pencil and paper and begins to draw.

 

This brass quintet plays a wild mix of balkan-brass and swiss-folk. The normally dapper musicians grab their vintage instruments and clothing and play infectious up-tempo music.

 

To compliment this rawness and celebration of old-fashioned ways, Edgar designed a hand-drawn look. While the band’s logo changes from one album to the next, the style has an unmistakable identity.

CD's and other merchandise can be ordered and listened to on their own website.

 

The energetic quintet's Website.

 

Purchase the virtual or physical album on Molotow's Bandcamp page.

Mungge


 

 

Logo for the exame animation of Claudia Röthlin, Adrian Flückiger und Irmgard Walthert.

Rafael Küffer


 

 Rafael Küffer - Ausstattung

 

The young lawyer Rafael Küffer had a limited budget but still wanted to shine with his name-card and letterhead. Edgar designed a simple yet elegant identity based on black and white laser prints and solely system typefaces.

Shirtlab

Shirtladen Marktstraße, Hamburg


 T-Shirts, Shirtladen Marktstraße 16, Hamburg

 

For ten years Edgar has provided the Shirtlab in Hamburg with his smart designs. Some of his motifs are among the store's best-sellers and will soon be more widely distributed.

Edgar likes to give his graphic artworks a political or critical twist fitting the store's collection, which does not contain any slogans but rather an assortment of high-quality graphic illustrations.

 

The store has an online-shop where most of the shirts are sold.

The Socratizers

How To Color A Damaged World


 The Socratizers - How To Color A Damaged World

 

Albumcover and logo for the Swiss "new prog" band The Socratizers. While the logo is inspired by the greek name, the cover plays with the style of prog-rock covers form the seventies.

 

The illustration on the cover is completely based on vector graphics. This attempt was chosen to translate the air-brush-stile into the present.

 

More record-covers.

 

Other projects which involve illustration.

Sonic Waves Typeface


 

Sonic Waves Typeface

 

Sonic waves, as the title implies, is intended to simulate both sight and sound. This typeface was developed as part of the audiovisual exhibition Into Infinity, co-curated by dublab and Creative Commons.

Following the figure-eight shape of the infinity symbol, DJ’s contributed 8-second sound loops, while visual artists designed accompanying 8-inch circle. Edgar contributed both a musical and visual work in one. The result: an innovative, and quite literal, representation of the audiovisual.

 

If you would like a beta-version of SonicWaves, you can donate a minimum of $50 to dublab.com and send a note to info@ewalthert.com

 

See and hear the font in action on the next page!

Sonic Waves Typeface


 

 

 

Get the beta-version by donating $50 to dublab and sending a note to info@ewalthert.com

This is Africa


 

 

In 2009 Maarten Brouwer and Siji Jabbar, the co-founders of This is Africa (TIA), asked Esther de Boer and Edgar Walthert to create a new logo and visual identity for their Nairobi based community radio station Ghetto Radio. The mission was to create a strong international logo to speak to a range of listeners.

Because none of the proposed typefaces fit entirely to the aim of the customers, Edgar offered TIA a cus­tom tailored logo-font. He designed a flexible font that could be easily used by a third hand in a variety of contexts.

 

Meanwhile This is Africa expanded to form a platform for African arts, culture and politics and used the same type face designed for Ghetto Radio. 

Edgar creates most visual content for TIA, including three-dimensional exhibitions, animation and the design for a new iPhone app.

 

Ghetto Radio 89.5 FM, is a radio station broadcast from Nairobi, Kenya.

 

ThisIsAfrica.me, a portal for arts, culture and politics from urban Africa.

 

The custom typeface made for Ghetto Radio and This Is Africa.

House Of Africa


This Is Africa - House Of Africa - PopUp Exhibition

This Is Africa - House Of Africa - PopUp Exhibition

This Is Africa - House Of Africa - PopUp Exhibition

 

Matatu


This Is Africa Matatu

The exhibition (left) is based on the Eames House Of Cards and is built out of stable and waterproof foam-board. The whole exhibition fits into two bags and can be transported easily on an airplane.

 

The bus (above) is made in the Ghetto Radio design, but was modified for an event in 2012 to look like a huge boombox on wheels. 

 

The TIA Invasion X Lowlands 2012 was organized by the Word on the Street (W.O.T.S).

 

Lowlands 2012


This Is Africa - Lowlands 2012

This Is Africa - Lowlands 2012

This Is Africa @ Lowlands 2012

 
 

The artwork beneath the THIS IS AFRICA logo was made by Afrotoonz.

 

Word on the Street (W.O.T.S) together with Architect the Future organized a guerillia marketing campaign for Lowlands 2012.

 

 

This Is Africa Animation


 

 

This animation was made in cooperation with Irmgard Walthert and Robin von Gestern.

 

This video is a short-form of the 30 minutes keynote which can be altered up to one hour. For a master-class with the experts of This Is Africa pleas get in touch with Maarten Brouwer or Juma4.

 

For the keynote, Edgar made a hand-drawn version of the custom typeface. This "grunge"-version will soon be used for the new Classics Radio channel of This Is Africa.

De Toneelmakerij


 

 

The display typeface for De Toneel­makerij was tailored to the style of their graphic designer Esther de Boer.
It also resembles typical attributes of type seen on buildings and streets across Amsterdam. After studying Esther's work, Edgar decided to highlight her use of small icons and pictograms.

The typeface comes with a large set of symbols that can be used for information or supporting illustrations. To make them accessible for the whole staff of the company, Edgar made an extra dingbats version and created an index of the typeface on an accompanying mouse pad.

For the company's website, Edgar developed a cut optimised for the screen. The typeface and symbols are now broadly used on Toneelmakerij’s website.

 

Esther de Boer is a graphic-designer working primarily with arts and cultural organizations. She previously collaborated with Edgar in the development of Ghetto Radio and a project for Groen Links in 2010.

Weitblick Films


 Weitblick Films - Corporate Identity

 

Weitblick Films is a small film-production studio based in Amsterdam. Edgar created a new logo and all additional corporate tools.

Wetiblick Films - T-Shirt

 

The engineering and content management system for the website* has been created by Edgar's brother Pirmin Walthert.

 

*The website is still being filled with content.

wwcom


 wwcom communication illustration

The Swiss soft-phone provider wwcom asked Edgar to create a unique and strong identity for their entire portfolio.

Based on his design approach, he created a simple logotype which embeds ww's key services "connec­tion" and "telephone" right into the core of the brand.

 wwcom icon

 
 

Meanwhile Edgar created a set of icons, which are used in the desktop and mobile phone client.

These icons have been optimized for different sizes and screen-resolution.

  

 
 

wwphone wwcom softphone client

 
 

The wwcom website