The cultural season 2016-2017 is over, so on to the next. With the concert programme for 2017-2018 in the Noorderkerk in Amsterdam. For Noorderkerkconcerten I created a custom typeface, Sybold Sans Rounded, showing the no-nonsense attitude of this venue in their identity, with a modern outlook on classical music.

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diederik at ogentroost.eu





ogentroost type&design&books

'Ogentroost' translates as 'A sight for sore eyes', and this is an apt description for my typefaces, my designs and the books I publish I am convinced that well designed & beautiful products communicate better, so I make designs that please the eye of the commissioner and his clients. I design typefaces and use these in the identities, books & posters I design. I also happen to publish novels, poetry and a children's book.

My work revolves around type, as it is the tiniest bearer of information and identity and I love the way one can employ it as subtly or bluntly as one feels fit for the purpose. Aside from all these functions, there is the sheer beauty found in language & letterforms…



Typeface based on my investigations into the work of Holland's most demolished architect: Sybold van Ravesteyn The diversity found in the career of this man is inspiring.


What started out as custom lettering for Dutch National Television, turned into an extending family with five weights and three optically corrected sizes.


Based on the movements of the dancers of Rosas, for which dance company the font would adorn the posters. Originated as an Italic in regular weight only, 'Ogentroost' grew into a rich family.


Noorderkerkconcerten, Amsterdam

Identity for a venue bringing high quality, classical music to a wide and growing audience.

custom font: SyboldSans Rounded

Theater Rotterdam

Interim identity for an organization in transition. The design of the typeface I made is based on the work of an architect from their hometown.

font: SyboldSans

De Bengel

Upgrading the identity of this bookstore / publisher

fonts: Novus, Ogentroost, SyboldSans


Design, typography & illustration for concert programmes for a local venue, 2008–2015

fonts: Rule, Ogentroost, Dolly, Bello (the latter two by Underware)



Written by Elsemiek Corvers, illustrated by Marleen Oud, designed & published by Ogentroost

font: SeriousSans


A collection of stories concerning the many different aspects of cycling, from leisure to racing.

fonts: Novus, Rule

Gewoon is gek genoeg

(weird is the new normal) Collection of daily observations by a full time observationist.

fonts: Ogentroost, Spaghetti

About Ogentroost

Firmly believing typefaces speak with their own, particular voice, I design identities, publish books & make typefaces, both commissioned and self-initiated. I've been doing this with love since 1994.

My first type design hero, Eric Gill, is quoted saying 'look after goodness & truth & beauty will look after itself". This is my mantra, so to speak, the foundation on which I build my designs, believing beauty helps getting the message across. Whether it is a corporate identity, a book or a poster, what is said, can best be said beautifully.


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