A short while ago I discovered FF Balance by Evert Bloemsma and I've become a bit obsessed. As someone relatively new to type... it sort of shocked me. It seems to break so many "rules" while still functioning fairly well as a text face. What a terrible loss that Bloemsma is no longer with us.
I've since spent considerable time digging around for any information – Bloemsma is discussed in Middendorp's Dutch Type
, but aside from that there isn't a whole lot – a few articles here and there, including an essay by Bloemsma in Letters: een bloemlezing over typografie
(which I actually purchased and Google Translated) and an interview in 5pts.
published buy Underware.
There was apparently a specimen: https://www.behance.net/gallery/7809479/FF-Balance-specimen
... which I'd love to get a better look at, but I wouldn't know where to begin searching for such a thing.
So I'm asking the community here: has anyone have any more information about this? Does anyone know where I could get a more thorough look at the text of the specimen? I wonder if there's archival material regarding the typeface's development – might someone have access to it? Maybe it's in a library somewhere?