Type@Cooper - Drawing for Interpolation

Drawing for Interpolation


with Erik van Blokland




Sun., Jun. 18
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus

This workshop is an elective for Extended Program students. If places become available registration will be open to the public. If you are interested in joining this workshop write to type@cooper.edu.

If you're thinking of building a variable font or have plans to make a large family, you’ll need to draw for interpolation. And glyph outlines aren’t what they used to be. In this one-day workshop we'll look at different outline constructions, extrapolation and designspace planning. We'll use Superpolator and RoboFont, and maybe also a bit of python. Basic digital drawing skills required.


    Required Materials

  • laptop running OS X
  • extension cord


A 3 month free license for Superpolator will be provided.





Instructor: Erik van Blokland

Drawing for Interpolation
Erik van Blokland, a type designer from The Hague, Netherlands, started the LettError foundry with Just van Rossum in 1989. He studied graphic design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, and picked up the taste for type design in Gerrit Noordzij's class. The early experiments in type and code (Beowolf, Trixie, Hands) were published by FontFont. More recently Eames Century Modern at House Industries and lots of work for Photo-Lettering. Tool development became an important part of Erik's work (see Superpolator). First with Petr van Blokland and Just van Rossum in RoboFog. Later with Tal Leming in the RoboFab and UFO projects and the initial stages of the WOFF specification for webfonts. Van Blokland is a senior lecturer at the TypeMedia course of the Royal Academy of Arts.

• Letterror
• Superpolator3
• RoboFab
• Type and Media Master at the Royal Academy of Art



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