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Side Project: Masters of type, LettError Type Foundry

For the Typographer research assignment, I was assigned LettError Type Foundry.


LettError is an independent type foundry created by two Dutch type designers named Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum.


(left to right: Erik, Just.)

The two began LettError in 1989 while both working for MetaDesign, a global branding firm. Not only does LettError produce type for web and print, but they also occasionally dabble in illustration and animation.

Erik and Just have both been successful as typographer/graphic designers on and individual basis as well as during their collaborative efforts. The most successful collaboration between the pair would have to be the creation of the font Beowolf.



Beowolf was drawn and engineered in 1989 and was part of the first release of the FontFont library. Beowolf is unique because it’s ragged edges shift randomly each time you print it. The Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired Beowolf in 2011 for it’s Architecture and Design collection.

Here are some other fonts the pair have received recognition for over the years:






Posted by Ciara Diamond on September 5, 2014

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