Thursday, February 22, 2007
Note the curl in the hair, top right: it’s actually one of Oxenaar’s fingerprints. From his middle finger, no less
Creative Review spoke to Robert Deodaat Emile Oxenaar about his work, how he added personal elements to approved designs and how it feels to have your artwork seen and used by millions, everyday, for over 30 years
Robert Deodaat Emile Oxenaar – or Ootje as he’s known – is, at 76, still teaching in the graphic design department of the Rhode Island School of Design. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands he attended the city’s Royal Academy of Art and then, from 1966 until 1985, worked for the Nederlandsche Bank on a series of new banknotes. It was here that he designed what came to be his most famous project and, in terms of currency design, what many consider to be the most beautiful money in the world.
Read the whole thing over at Creative Review.
Dang how I miss the pre-euro guilder age.