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About TYPETRTYPETR: a new type publisher with thirty-five years of experience
After decades of publishing through Font Bureau, Petr van Blokland cofounded Type Network, where he exclusively releases new typefaces under the TYPETR label. He plans to publish new families on a regular basis and will also write the occasional educational post about graphic design, typography in general, and how to use type in particular.
Petr van Blokland
Born in Gouda, the Netherlands, in 1956, Petr van Blokland graduated cum laude from the graphic arts program at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK) in The Hague in 1980.
With his partner Claudia Mens, Van Blokland worked for over thirty-five years as a designer in the studio they cofounded. His output ranged from sketching and model-making to programming in various languages. He specialized in systematic design: corporate identities, form systems, online publications, and tools for type design.
Van Blokland has taught graphic design, typography, and type design for many years at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK) in The Hague and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Arnhem. His first typeface was Proforma, a large series commissioned by Purup, a Danish manufacturer of form-preparation systems. Proforma has now been released for general use through Type Network. In 1988, Van Blokland’s work brought him ATypI’s coveted Charles Peignot Prize.
As cofounder and partner of Type Network, Van Blokland is a dedicated contributor and developer of new type and tools for type design. He currently teaches in the Master’s program in Graphic Design at AKV|St.Joost in Breda and at Type and Media, the postgraduate type design program at KABK in The Hague. Read more about his thoughts on design and education in this interview and in his Lubalin lecture, “Words,” delivered at Cooper Union in 2015.