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Design: the social context

The ways of representing information and content are increasingly dominated by the interactive technologies of digital media. Today design professionals must navigate the constantly changing world of digital technology in order to give consumers a positive aesthetic experience. This interview…

Design cannot be frictionless

Designers have an important role in the streamlining of communication. A badly designed message does not reach its target group. The designer acts in the interest of the customer by making the design and production process more efficient, while at…

Typeradio interview with Petr van Blokland

Typeradio got Petr van Blokland talking about design processes and other life style attitudes at the ATypI 2005 conference in Helsinki.

A new era in bitmap type

TYPETR delivers Bitcount, putting pixels to work in a programmatic type system designed for both serious and playful exploration.

TM2016 The 5 questions

Each of the questions describes a practical case that you as (type) designer could find yourself in. As Master designer you should be able to handle it, even if the situation is new and the available information is incomplete. What…

Graduation Show - Turning Stones

Visit the final project of ten graduates of the master of Graphic Design from AKVI St.Joost. In 2014 a group of graphic design students started their master course at AKV|St.Joost. Two years have passed, and it’s now time for them…

Timeless

With an overdose of academic autism, the design student has thought about it for months: the graduation subject. It is unclear exactly on which criteria such subject should judged, as long as it is as original as possible and especially…

Typetr and partners launch Type Network

After some decades of publishing through Font Bureau, Petr van Blokland co-founded Type Network, exclusively publishing new typefaces under the name Typetr. Expect new families to be released on a regular basis and also educational blogposts about graphic design, typography…

Fountain plaquette for Dutch Government Courtyard

This 90-cm-diameter slate & brass plaque was made to celebrate the donation of the fountain on the Government Courtyard in The Hague. It is currently under construction, so no real photos are available yet. The typography is made from two…

Basic math for designers

Most people function best with business as usual. Regular salary, vacation in a familiar place, television series with a predictable plot, church on Sundays, and a reserved spot in the restaurant. Change implies danger. With that attitude we’ve been able…

The 17 threats and opportunities of 2017

With the risk that you’ll read something similar over a dozen times, here is an overview of what the upcoming design year is about. Naming the issues is half of the work, so a little extra retrospection cannot hurt. The…

Design: the social context

The ways of representing information and content are increasingly dominated by the interactive technologies of digital media. Today design professionals must navigate the constantly changing world of digital technology in order to give consumers a positive aesthetic experience. This interview…

Words

We use them for everything we make, including the text of this lecture. Yet, we know so little about them. Words. Where does meaning come from? Or betekenis? Or the eppnophonics of a story? Why is writing so hard and…

ATypI 2013 keynote: what we need…

Welcome in Amsterdam, welcome to ATypI 2013. I’d like to invite you on a small virtual journey in the world of type and typography. We’ll explore areas that are common to you all. And we also will visit some places…

Typographics 2016 June 13-23

This year again, TypeLab—moderated by Petr van Blokland—took place as a lively side-program at Typographics. You were invited to participate. While on the main stage topics can only be formal presentations, at TypeLab they may be put into practice.