In 2007 we were commissioned by Gemeente ‘s-Hertogenbosch to design tiles which tell the historic background of a certain place or person in our hometown ‘s-Hertogenbosch. We designed a grid which is based on the values and mathematical units defined by the ‘Bossche School’ an architectural movement from ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The tiles are ceramic and fabricated by Cor Unum.
To give the project its own unique look we designed a special typeface the AT Janus Kiep. The design is based on straight and traditional bold forms which gives it a classic timeless look. The typeface is not only custom made for the project but also only available for this project. All tiles carry the font in 2 different sizes.
While the design of the AT Janus Kiep unfolded we thought about a good name for it. As it’s made for famous, historic figures and places we were thinking about taking one of those names. Hieronymus (Bosch) was already taken and maybe it’s way cooler to name it after an uncommon person. Someone who would not get his own tile. Janus Borghs (1914 – 1981, nicknamed Janus Kiepoog or Janus Kiep) had a mutilated face and was retarded. Nonetheless he was and still is very well known in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Although he is a legend he would never get a tile. But he is, as far as we know, the second (after Hieronymus Bosch) Bosschenaar with his own typeface, the AT Janus Kiep.