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Frank E. Blokland

Frank E. Blokland (b. 1959, Leiden) studied Graphic and Typographic design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. In 1985 Blokland won Chartpak's type design contest with his typeface Bernadette. In 1990 Blokland wrote a bestseller with his course book for Teleac's television course: Calligraphy, the art of hand writing, of which 16.000 copies were sold. In the same year Blokland founded the Dutch Type Library in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Since the 1980s he has published over 150 articles in professional journals like Compres, Page, PrintBuyer, and the Hamburger Satzspiegel. When Gerrit Noordzij retired in 1987 from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, Blokland was the first of the younger generation to succeed him. Blokland now lectures in letter drawing and type design/production to first- and post-graduate courses at this institute. In 1995 he was asked to become a lecturer at the Plantijn Gennootschap in Antwerp. A few years later he initiated and supervised the development of DTL FontMaster, a set of utilities for professional font production [in cooperation with URW++]. He is working towards a Ph.D. at the University of Leiden entitled Leiden University titled Harmonics, Patterns, and Dynamics in Formal Typographic Representations of the Latin Script. The regularization, standardization, systematization, and unitization of roman type since its Renaissance origin until the Romain du Roi.

In 2016, Frank E. Blokland obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Leiden for On the Origin of Patterning in Movable Latin Type.

Frank E. Blokland designed amongst others the typefaces DTL Documenta and DTL Haarlemmer (1994-1996, an adaptation of Jan van Krimpen's Haarlemmer of 1940, and addition of a sans version, which was commissioned by the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam). He is working on DTL Fell, a Fell type revival. The Fell types are Dutch types from the late 17th century that were given to the University of Oxford by John Fell (1625-1686), bishop of Oxford from 1675-1686. In The Roman, Italic&Black Letter bequethed to the University of Oxford by Dr. John Fell (Oxford, 1951), Stanley Morrison states that the Roman may have been cut by Christoffel van Dijck. Specimen exist from 1693, 1695 and 1706.

At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he gave a series of lectures: Type tools by DTL, Automating font production, Automating type design, Integration of FontMaster in Linux and Mac OSX, and History of type. On that occasion, participants were presented with the booklet Comprehensive Notes on the Design of Cyrillic Letters by Finnish type designer Hanna Hakala and typeset in the preliminary version of DTL Valiance.

Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik on the topic of parametrized type design, and in particular on the development of the DTL LetterModeller (LeMo) application, which is an attempt to come to such parameterization of type design.

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