André het Astronautje
During his second mission on board the ISS, Dutch astronaut André Kuipers conceived a story featuring his alter ego. It’s the first children’s book ever written in space. After he had returned to earth in 2012, the story was enriched with illustrations by Natascha Stenvert. Book designer Stan Van Steendam picked Birra for the typography. This choice might have been inspired by the letter o – in this context, it sure looks like a moon with a crater, or a space capsule, doesn’t it?
Published by Uitgeverij Moon, the book became an instant success, selling 10,000 copies in the first three months alone. In the meantime, there’s a whole series of books as well as toy dolls and other merchandise, since 2017 published by Fontaine Uitgevers in cooperation with Spaceplays. The adventures of the little astronaut were also made into a play that is shown in theaters across the country.
Birra Stout is used for the logo and the books’ titles throughout the series, proving its versatility. The bold display typeface also appears on the interior pages where it’s paired with Hercules and Korolev.