was born in Arnhem, Netherlands in 1942.
He studied graphic design, typography and type design from 1963 to1967 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam.
He teaches as visiting professor at the University of Reading, UK, in the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, and is professor of typography at Leiden University, Netherlands.
A freelance designer since 1972 he has designed stamps, coins, magazines, newspapers, books, logos, corporate identities, annual reports and many other projects, and typefaces.
He has been awarded several Dutch and international prizes and honours, such as two honorary doctorates by the universities of Hasselt, Belgium and Tallinn, Estonia.
He has written articles for the trade press, and several larger public
He lectures frequently in Holland and abroad, about his own work, type design, the reading process, and related subjects.
Type Designs by Gerard Unger:
Markeur (1972), M.O.L. (1974), Demos (1976), Praxis (1977), Hollander (1983), Flora (1984), Swift (1985), Amerigo (1986), Oranda (1987), Argo (1991), Delftse Poort (1991), Decoder (1992), Gulliver (1993), ANWB fonts (1997), Capitolium (1998), Paradox (1999), Coranto (2000), Vesta (2001), BigVesta (2003), Allianz (2005), Capitolium News (2006)