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Automating type design processes

Frank E. Blokland

TypeTech FM02 | Palace B
Thursday 18 September | 11:00 – 11:50

Theme TypeTools by DTL | Duration: 50 minutes

Not only font production processes can be automated; to a certain extend also the type design process can be done by software itself. An introduction on the (possible) automation of type design processes and the presentation of the first version of the DTL LetterModeller application. This presentation is partly based on the PhD research on Harmonic systems in the Latin script that the speaker is currently doing at Leiden University.

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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