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Erik van Blokland is one of the pioneers of digital type design and has been drawing and publishing typefaces since 1989 (available from Font Font and House Industries). One of them, FF Beowolf (with Just van Rossum) was included in the MoMA design collection in New York. Now a senior lecturer and head of the TypeMedia course at the KABK (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL) as well as a programmer of precision digital tools for type designers (Superpolator, Robofab) he combines the analog with the digital on a daily basis. His work centers on typographic consulting, custom typefaces, and tool development.
CJ works for Font Bureau where he brings together the technical and creative aspects of font making. He first got hooked on typography and typeface design while studying with Ed Benguiat at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Later he completed a Post-graduate Certificate in typeface design from The Cooper Union, where he also assisted Sumner Stone and Sara Soskolne in teaching typeface design.
Always happy to get his hands dirty, he enjoys sign painting, print making and amateur wood working. He attends many type-related events in New York City and keeps track of them on TypeNY.com, his type calendar website. Also, he recently designed a pangram poster series for The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum shop using iconic pre-digital sans serifs.