Peter Biľak

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Peter Biľak (born 1973) Slovakian graphic and typeface designer, based in The Hague, The Netherlands. He is the head of the type foundry Typotheque. In 2003, he designed a series of the standard post stamps for the Dutch Royal mail (TNT Post), today one of the Icons of the Post.[1] Biľak teaches typeface design at the postgraduate course Type&Media at the KABK, Royal Academy of Art (The Hague),[2] and lectures widely on graphic design and typography. He also contributes regularly to international publications and books, including Print, Emigre, Eye (magazine), Items, tipoGrafica, Idea (magazine), and is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.[3]

Between 2000 and 2007 Biľak was the co-founder, and co-editor of Dot Dot Dot.

From 2004 he has been collaborating with the choreographer Lukáš Timulak on the concepts of dance performances. Together they were subject of an exhibition ‘InLoop/EnTry’ in Stroom, Centre for Art and Architecture.[4]

In 2009, Biľak co-founded Indian Type Foundry, specialising in development of digital fonts for Indian languages.

For his contribution to the non-Latin typography, he was named in 2012 one of the 12 Game Changers by Metropolis (architecture magazine).[5]

In 2013, after raising €30.000 in a crowdfunding campaign,[6] Biľak founded Works That Work, a magazine of unexpected creativity, published twice a year by Typotheque, in print and digital edition. The British national daily newspaper The Guardian named Works That Work as ‘some of the best-looking new magazines’,[7] and Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University reported how ‘the small magazine has found a way to get noticed globally by creating a beautiful digital edition as well as a creative way to distribute its print copies—gaining a lot of ever-coveted user engagement in the process.’ .[8] Works That Work distributes 43% of its print run [9] via its innovative Social Distribution, a reader-based system of distribution of physical copies of magazine bypassing traditional distribution channels.[10]

In 2014, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic awarded Biľak the Goodwill Envoy award [11] for the successful spreading of the good name of Slovakia abroad.

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  1. ^ [1] Iconen van de post
  2. ^ [2] Royal Academy of Art in The Hague
  3. ^ [3] Peter Bilak at AGI
  4. ^ [4] Stroom,Centre for Art and Architecture
  5. ^ [5] Metropolis Magazine: Peter Bilak, Game Changer
  6. ^ [6] Works That Work press release
  7. ^ [7] The beautiful magazines setting out to prove print isn't dead
  8. ^ [8] In the Netherlands, a magazine experiments with “social distribution” (and they don’t mean retweets)
  9. ^ [9] First year of Works That Work magazine in numbers.
  10. ^ [10] Reader based distribution of magazine
  11. ^ [11] Minister Lajčák presented Goodwill Envoy awards

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