Erik van Blokland
Type Designer, Programmer (The Hague)
Erik van Blokland (born 1967) could not choose between type design and programming and decided to do both. His work includes random font Beowolf ^1 (1990, MoMA collection 2011), typewriter Trixie (1991), banknote LTR Federal (1996, TDC 2002) and Eames Century Modern (2009, TDC, Letter.2, 2011).
Van Blokland is a 1989 graduate of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). He returned in 1999 as a faculty member and teaches at the Type and Media master department. He invented the TypeCooker sketching tool which challenges students to meet ridiculous requirements.
Van Blokland consults on type design tools, logos, lettering and typefaces, with clients including The Government of The Netherlands, Adidas, and Adobe. He can talk endlessly about ancient digital font formats and currently dabbles in research projects on optics, digitisation, drawing and responsive type. More at LettError.com.
^1 with Just van Rossum
^2 with Tal Leming
^3 with Paul van der Laan