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Leiden Discoveries

Contributed by Matthijs Sluiter on Nov 8th, 2019. Artwork published in
circa September 2015
Leiden Discoveries 1
Source: License: All Rights Reserved.

Leiden Discoveries, an initiative by Professor Ton van Raan (Leiden University), makes the most important discoveries made in Leiden visible to the general public. From the Leiden Discoveries website:

I make a habit of taking visitors with me on a city walk. And so I too, get to know Leiden better over time. It turns out to be a city with a rich cultural heritage, a city of discoveries. At the same time it amazes me more and more, how little is done with these resources? The next step is logical: transform the walks into a Leiden Discoveries route.

Designed by Just, Leiden Discoveries exists in three forms: an app, signs and a single-page website, describing 28 artefacts and events which can be enjoyed as a game (collecting badges for each of the locations) and as a walking route through Leiden.

With its mix of meandering curves and abrupt stops and turns, Line is a fitting display type choice for a walking route. Its lines are echoed in the Leiden Discoveries logo, that seems to make a slightly confusing attempt at simultaneously referring to light bulbs (ideas), windows (insights), and a key (Leiden’s city symbol). In the app, body text is set in Proxima Nova.

A second post this week that was prompted by an image taken and shared by Frank Grießhammer.

Leiden Discoveries 2
Source: Frank Rolf Grießhammer. License: All Rights Reserved.
Leiden Discoveries 3
Source: Chris de Waard. License: All Rights Reserved.
Leiden Discoveries 4
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Leiden Discoveries 5
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  • Line
  • Proxima Nova




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2 Comments on “Leiden Discoveries”

  1. The street signs also appear to be set in Proxima Nova, not Gotham.

  2. At least for the larger sizes. The text is too small to see in the photos.

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