designed by Paul van der Laan, 2002–2013
two stylistically different versions
six ‘split inline’ styles
Oskar, designed by Paul van der Laan, is a typeface inspired by Dutch architectural and advertising lettering from the early 20th century. Particularly the style of lettering that was painted on walls and shopfronts, or executed in metal on buildings. This kind of typography did not exist as metal printing types, but was instead painted manually by sign painters, or drawn by architects.
Initially the typeface was designed in 2002 for the lettering of a monumental school in The Hague, designed by architect Jan Duiker in 1929. Since this first application, the Oskar family has been slowly expanded into multiple weights, and supports all common European languages.
Six meticulously drawn ‘split inline’ styles are part of the family as well, which enhances its unique quality.