How two brothers use their bond to create art that’s twice as powerful.

Guido and Vincent de Boer are brothers, artists, and two-thirds of a set of triplets. After starting their life together, they now work together. Along with six other designers and artists, they are part of the typography collective High on Type. Their talk touches on the symmetry in their work, typography, and genetic code, and how being a mirror image of another person can make for both synergies and important differences: from the speed of their process, to the hand they write with.

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Guido and Vincent de Boer are brothers and artists, both focusing on the art of letter making.

Guido started to work as independent graphic designer and artist right after his studies. His tools are letters, which he makes by hand. So, themes as spontaneity and imperfection always appears in his work. Guido’s works are direct, straight-forward and almost always black & white.

Vincent is interested in the act of writing. His route through a landscape of letters, calligraphy, paintings and drawings is a challenging one, exhibiting his works and giving masterclasses around the globe. The purity and directness of the brushstroke is an essential part in his work, balancing between technique and intuition. He works from his atelier in the woods where it is silent. In order to create new works he undertakes long and intense processes where he might only be satisfyingly productive after a few weeks. A day of drawing is preferably long, at least six hours in a row, and no phone or internet. 

Together with six other designers and artists, they are part of the typography collective High on Type.

Photo by Rosa Meininger.

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