Elmo van Slingerland was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He studied at the Rotterdamse Graﬁsche School (school for printing and graphic arts) and ﬁnished his study of graphic and typographic design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. In 1986, Elmo attended a workshop in France with Claude Mediavilla and considers this his start on the path of calligraphy. He has taught workshops in diﬀerent countries in Europe, as well as workshops in Australia, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Elmo has also taught a post-graduate course in type design at The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. After graduating from the Academy, he worked as a freelance type designer for DTL, as well as working as a graphic designer. He has exhibited calligraphy in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands and has also had work selected for several diﬀerent publications.