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Now, then and perception

Frank E. Blokland

Session A09 | Palace A
Saturday 20 September | 10:30 – 11:20

Theme Revivals | Duration: 50 minutes

One needs a thorough knowledge of the historical development of the trades of the type designer, the font vendor and the typographer within the different style periods in order to determine one’s place in time and space is needed. Modern typographers make use of and mix typefaces from the different style periods without hesitation. Perhaps eclecticism is the main characteristic of our time. The image that people have of historical typefaces is in many cases based on revivals — perhaps without realizing that these revivals show as much of the original style period as of the period in which they were made. The view on history changes constantly. Frank E. Blokland will try to give more insight in the perception of the historical developments in the world of type, illustrating his point by showing parallels in the authentic music practice and in painting, especially what he calls the ‘Van Meegeren Aspect’.

Speaker details

Frank E. Blokland

Owner Dutch Type Library | Netherlands

Frank E. Blokland is type designer (of, amongst others, DTL Documenta and DTL Haarlemmer), Senior Lecturer ‘Letters’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague since 1987 and Professor at the Plantin Society in Antwerp since 1995. Frank 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 URW++. Currently he is doing a PhD study at Leiden University on the harmonics, patterns and dynamics in formal typographic representations of the Latin script.

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