Graduates of the Utrecht School of the Arts, Maarten and Rob developed, ‘Freshfonts’, a project that would have a great influence on their design thinking. Invited to attend a Pecha Kucha night, instead of giving a standard presentation they experimented with the idea of generating fonts with materials that come from tubes: toothpaste, tomato ketchup and hair gel. Two versions of the hand-made fonts emerged: a normal one and another affected by gravity. The project turned into a bigger success than they expected and, most importantly, their slumbering love for typography was awakened and fuelled with a new sensibility.
Maarten and Rob have since taken every opportunity to experiment with materials, production methods and the re-invention of old typographic techniques. When this exploration is combined with a clear concept and big gestures, the result is a typical Autobahn design.