diederik at ogentroost.eu



Four years ago on this day Maria van Kesteren passed away, at the age of 87. Her work has been an inspiration to me ever since I was a student, some 25 years ago. From the moment I met her in person I felt I had to put that inspiration into a typeface, also showing my appreciation. I used the face in two self initiated booklettes and on an invitation for an exhibition where her work is shown among that of like minded artists. Sonnet 18

(this is) Musa
a typeface
paying homage to
Maria van Kesteren

ogentroost type&design&books

'Ogentroost' translates as 'A sight for sore eyes', and this is a fitting description for my typefaces, my designs and the books I publish. I am convinced that products that are well designed & beautifully made, communicate better. That is why 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.

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

I also happen to publish novels, poetry and a children's book.



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 typeface: SyboldSans Rounded

Theater Rotterdam

Upgrading the identity of this bookstore / publisher

typeface: SyboldSans

De Bengel

Upgrading the identity of this bookstore / publisher

typefaces: Novus, Ogentroost, SyboldSans


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

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



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

typeface: SeriousSans


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

typefaces: Novus, Rule

Gewoon is gek genoeg

(weird is the new normal) Collection of poetic registrations by a full time observationist.

typefaces: 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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