Paul van der Laan operates from a studio near the seaside in The Hague as a designer of type and typography. He runs a typography studio called Type Invaders and together with Pieter van Rosmalen he is a founder of Bold Monday, an independent font foundry.
Since 2003 he is a professor of type design at the Type & Media masters course at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. As such he has given workshops and lectures at numerous schools across Europe and at various international conferences including Typo Berlin, Forum Typography and ATypI.
He is the designer of acclaimed typefaces including Rezident (Linotype), Flex (Bold Monday), Chalet Comprimé (House Industries), FF Kievit Pro (FontFont, an extension of an original design by Mike Abbink), Feisar (Bold Monday) and has worked on custom typefaces for worldwide clients such as Audi, Autodesk, Banco Deuno and Netherlands Chamber Choir.