Site index

The links below provide direct access to the pages of this blog.

1. Introduction
–1.1 Purpose and goals
—1.1.1 Notes on systems and models
—1.1.2 Notes on the ‘sum of particles’
—1.1.3 Notes on conventions
–1.2 Background
–1.2.1 Notes on lecturing
2. Perception
–2.1 Notes on perception
–2.2 Notes on the mythical ‘eye’
3. Movable type
–3.1 Em- and en-square
—3.1.1 Notes on the origin of (e)m- and (e)n-square
–3.2 Standardization
—3.2.1 Notes on standardization
—3.2.2 Notes on the production of movable type
–3.3 Unitization
—3.3.1 Notes on patterns and grids
4. Education
–4.1 Notes on writing as a basis for type design
5. Research
–5.2 Empirical testing
6. Parametrized type design
–6.1 Notes on the construction of letterforms
–6.2 Notes on the parametrization of type design processes
–6.3 Notes on the parametrization of creative processes

About Frank E. Blokland

Frank E. Blokland is type designer (of amongst other typefaces, DTL Documenta and DTL Haarlemmer), Senior Lecturer in type design at the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague since 1987, and Lecturer / Research Fellow at the Plantin Institute of Typography, Antwerp, since 1995.

Blokland founded the Dutch Type Library in 1990 and a couple of years later he initiated and supervised the development of DTL FontMaster, a set of professional font tools developed together with the German company URW++. Currently he is finishing a PhD study at Leiden University on standardizations and systematizations in roman and italic type since their Renaissance origin.

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