Jan was born in The Hague, the Netherlands, and lived in Leiden, Amsterdam and Gent (Belgium) before moving to Berlin in 2005.
He’s a largely self-taught editorial designer and writer on typography. He wrote articles on type and design for many design magazines, including London’s Eye. He (co-)wrote and (co-)edited books that include Hey, there goes one of mine! (2002), Dutch Type (2004), Made with FontFont (2006, with Erik Spiekermann), Shaping Text (2012) and Hand to Type (2012). He worked as an editor and consultant for various typographic companies, including FontShop, LucasFonts and Linotype. For 9 years he was an editor and consultant to MyFonts, where he edited the popular interview newsletter Creative Characters. In 2015-2017 he was a book designer and typesetter for radical London publisher Repeater Books. Between 2015 and 2016 he developed ideas for Fust & Friends with Berlin friends Florian Hardwig and Dan Reynolds, then after Florian and Dan both got very occupied with family life, Jan started up Fust & Friends for real – still with quite a bit of help from friends – in late 2017.
Photo: Presenting the idea for Fust & Friends for the first time during the ATypI conference in São Paulo, 2015. Photo by the brilliant local photography team.