Designer at Royal Joh. Enschedé

Nienke Uijtendaal

Nienke Uijtendaal is a designer at Royal Joh. Enschedé (RJE). She designed the notes “Joh. Enschedé, Printer of Value” which were made for the exhibition at the NH Archive.
From old to new in a note

“The notes had to tell something about the history of RJE, but they also had to form a unity with the exhibition in the North-Holland Archive,” says Nienke. The stained glass windows of the church where the exhibition is located were an important source of inspiration. “Of all the color shades in the windows, I chose six different PMS colors for the design. It was quite a puzzle to get those colors into balance,” she continues. “But that worked out well!”

Design with a story

“I worked a lot with Mart van de Wiel when I was designing the notes. He knows an awful lot about the history of KJE, such as the collaboration of Enschedé with Fleischman. That inspired me in the design of the notes.”

The music script that Fleischman developed is a security feature for banknotes of the past, as was also used on the first banknote in the Netherlands, the Robin. The music script is reflected in the “watermark” of the note that Nienke designed.

“Mart also wanted to include portraits of the most important people and elements from the past,” she says. “Fortunately there was a lot of visual material. I used the portraits of Izaak and Johannes Enschede and copied a portrait of Fleischman in the same style. ” The reason that Fleischmann looks the other way than the Enschede’s is to indicate so subtly that he was not a family but an important employee. In the past this was also done with the old guilders.

From paper to digital

For the exhibition Nienke made four designs, three with the portraits for sale in the North Holland Archive and one with an image of the church in which the exhibition is located, to give away. Nienke: “I always start with sketches on paper. The next step is from paper to digital. In Illustrator I place the areas and frames. Based on the first concept and the feedback on it, I always work one step further towards the end result with colors, images, line structures and security features.”

Regular banknotes have a “blind” mark on the edge in plate printing, so that blind and partially sighted people can feel the value of the banknote. Nienke: “With these banknotes I have placed a perforation on the printing plate on the edge as a nod to our current work in the stamp market. That presented an extra challenge when cutting the banknotes, but we solved that too.”

Note with security features and a digital twist

“What makes these banknotes special to me is that they are the first banknotes designed by me that are sold. In the design I looked for the boundary with line widths and micro text so that the note cannot be copied,” continues Nienke. “By applying plate printing you can feel the relief on the portraits on the note. And we also have various security features that I cannot tell you anything about,” she says smiling.

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