Head of Master Type and Media

profiel foto Erik Van Blokland, hoofd Master Type en Media, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag

Erik van Blokland

Van Blokland (1967) could not choose between type design and programming and decided to do both. His work includes randomfont Beowolf with Just van Rossum (FontFont, 1990, MoMA collection 2011), typewriter Trixie (FontFont 1991), banknote LTR Federal (1996, TDC 2002), Eames Century Modern (House Industries, 2009, TDC, Letter.2, 2011) and Action Condensed (Commercial Type, 2016).

For many years he has focused on the technical aspects of type design and developed, among other things, the acclaimed type interpolation tools MutatorMath and Superpolator. Erik co-authored the Unified Font Object (UFO) specification, with Tal Leming and Just van Rossum, and the W3C Web Open Font Format standard.

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 is head of 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, HBO, Adidas, and Adobe. He lectures on tool development and researches subjects in optics, digitisation, drawing and responsive type. More at



Erik van Blokland (professor of type design)
Paul van der Laan (professor of type design)
Peter Verheul (professor of type design)

Françoise Berserik
Peter Bil’ak
Frank Blokland
Petr van Blokland
Just van Rossum
Fred Smeijers
Jan Willem Stas

Workshops by Kristyan Sarkis, Ilya Ruderman and Frank Grießhammer.