Erik van Blokland, Just van Rossum

Lab Type Crit: TypeCooker

You definitely should not miss this one.

This talk is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 1:30pm as part of the main Typographics conference schedule. You must register for the Typographics conference to attend.

About Erik van Blokland

Lab Type Crit: TypeCooker

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.

About Just van Rossum

Lab Type Crit: TypeCooker

Photo: Aleksandra Samulenkova

Just van Rossum graduated in 1989 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, where he studied with Gerrit Noordzij. After stints at Monotype in the UK and MetaDesign in Berlin he became an independent type designer, focussing on software design for type. His collaborations with Erik van Blokland under the name LettError became well known and their FF Beowolf typeface has been included in the permanent collection of the MoMa in New York. His FF Lefthand typeface is as ubiquitous now as it was when it came out in 1991. He co-wrote RoboFog with Petr van Blokland in the mid-ninetees, which can be seen as a prerunner of RoboFont, and has been a very influential type design tool due to its groundbreaking scriptability with the Python programming language. His TTX/FontTools library is a crucial building block for lots of font software. He also wrote the original version of the DrawBot application. Just teaches type design and programming at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, both in the regular graphic design course as well as in the TypeMedia post-graduate course.

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