1983 Gerrit Willem Ovink

Professor of History and Asthetics of Printing Art / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dutchman Geritt Willem Ovink, born in 1912 and deceased in 1984, was the laudator of the second Gutenberg award winner Henri Friedlaender. His dissertation "Legibility" he dedicated to the readability of modern pamphlets. According to Friedlaender, who also gave his eulogy, Ovink has ventured a "typographic revolution" with the re-casting of ancient 19th-century writings. In 1983, the typographer received the Gutenberg Prize from the city of Mainz and the international Gutenberg Society for the re-casting of old writings (lost advertisements of the 19th century).