What is your study?

Our experience and interest with design projects ranges from type design to exhibitions and from writing software to teaching.

However, most importantly, the question is how that experience can help you to develop your own skills. Let us know what kind of design you would like to study, but never found the right time and space to start.

Contact us

Petr van Blokland

Petr van Blokland (1956) is the co-owner of Buro Petr van Blokland + Claudia Mens, founded in 1982. He graduated cum laude from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 1980 and studied Industrial Design at Delft Technical University. His special interest is in typography, type design, automation of the design process, theory and developing software tools. With Claudia Mens, he developed live design games at various art schools and conferences around the world and published columns in design magazines on various topics.

Van Blokland lectured at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem (1984 – 1989), at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (1988 – present) and at the Master Institute of AKV St. Joost in Den Bosch (2010 - present).

Van Blokland received the Charles Peignot Award for typography of ATypI, the Association Typographique International, in 1988 and was Board Member from 1996 to 2003.

He was co-founder and CTO for The Health Agency, publisher of online health information, from 2001 to 2006.

Besides lecturing, his current focus is on international projects, related to typography and type design. He also is co-founder of webtype.com and typenetwork.com, for which type design tools are developed. Type Network is also the location of his type foundry TYPETR. This online study environment DesignDesign.Space started in 2017.

Petr van Blokland_30x40_hi-res_3.jpg cover y=top

Photo: Suzanne Liem Photography

Claudia Mens

Claudia Mens (1957) knew young that she wanted to be an interior designer. Yet she chose to study social studies and worked as a study and career counselor. That proved a great orientation to the world and fed her interest in the lives of other people. But it was not fulfilling and led to study the decisive step of Architectural Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in The Netherland, and then to finish the post-graduate Master Environmental Design. In 2015 she followed a coaching program “Train the Trainer”.

Mens lectured at the Department of Graphic Design (1991-2015) of the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. During that period, she also developed a minor program General Design for the University Leiden.

Together with her partner and type designer Petr van Blokland, she started her design studio in 1982. Her special interest is in interior and environmental design, color and materials, the development of workspaces and the coaching of designers.

She was co-founder and head of design for The Health Agency, publisher of online health information, from 2001 to 2006.

claudiamens.jpg cover y=top

About this site

This site is generated by PageBot, using a single MarkDown file as source. Learning how that works can be the topic of a study. Typeface of this site: TYPETR Upgrade


PageBot™, DesignDesign.Space™, Upgrade™, Responder™, Bitcount™ and PowerLift™ are 2017+ registered trademarks by Buro Petr van Blokland + Claudia Mens, Delft, The Netherlands.