I fell in love with letterforms while studying printing management at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the 1980's. That led me to focus on the history and development of type design and type technology. ¶ My early corporate work involved hand editing bitmaps for a proprietary desktop publishing system, and later “hinting” outline fonts for laser printers, before joining the original TrueType development team at Apple Computer. A brief stint as a freelance designer enabled me to work with and learn from David Berlow of the Font Bureau. ¶ I joined Monotype in 1996, where I have designed type, hinted TrueType fonts, built OpenType layout tables for Latin and complex scripts, managed teams of font developers and software developers, and co-invented font tool software with some of the giants in the industry. Oh, and there was this period from 2004 to 2010 where a few of us from Monotype left to form Ascender Corporation, a wonderful business which was acquired by Monotype in 2010. ¶ I am currently the Product Manager for Font Tools, working with both internal and external developers to ensure our designers and font technicians have best-in-class software to make the great type for which Monotype is known.
Executive Master of Business Administration.
Rochester Institute of Technology, Saunders College of Business, 2012 – 2014
B.S., Printing Systems Management, with a focus on Typography
Rochester Institute of Technology, 1984 – 1988
Activities and Societies: RIT Cycling team, Gamma Epsilon Tau
Font Production Tool Manager
December 2010 – Present
On December 8, 2010 I returned to Monotype and many of my friends to help build the highest quality fonts in the business for companies like Microsoft, Google, Nokia, Oracle and many more.
February 2004 – December 2010 (6 years 11 months)
I was one of the four founding partners to launch Ascender, along with Ira Mirochnick, Steve Matteson and Bill Davis. My focus at Ascender was on the technical aspects of font development, including developing product specifications, “hinting” of TrueType data, building OpenType layout tables and producing and testing final font data. In addition I worked with internal and external software developers on the design of custom and proprietary font development software. My research and development experience at Ascender included the invention of new hinting methodologies for compressed Asian fonts.
Monotype Imaging Inc.
1994 – 2004 (10 years)
While my title throughout this 10 year period was “Type Designer”, I did far more hinting, and then managing of hinters. At the end of this period I was managing TrueType hinters in 3 different offices, spanning as far West as California, and as far East as Salfords, United Kingdom.
Freelance Type Designer
October 1992 – June 1994 (1 year 9 months)
For two years I was a self employed type designer and font developer for hire. I primarily worked with the Font Bureau of Boston, Massachusetts. I drew typefaces with them for Adobe, Esquire Magazine, Prodigy and others. Among the typefaces on which I collaborated were Tekton Multiple Master and Graphite Multiple Master. I provided TrueType hinting services to Apple Computer and Monotype Typography (now Monotype). I edited bitmaps fonts for Bigelow & Holmes to accompany some of their Postscript Type 1 fonts. I drew and released my first commercial typeface, Hamilton, licensed to and sold through the Font Bureau among other foundries.
October 1989 – October 1991 (2 years 1 month)
I was the lead Typographer on the TrueType development team for Macintosh System 7, among giants in the industry like Dave Opstad and Mike Reed. I hinted the first Helvetica Regular, helped develop hinting methodologies for the remainder of the core TrueType fonts, and was largely responsible for the typographic quality of those fonts. I worked with Mike Reed on the development of TrueType GX Variations, which is similar to but more powerful than the more familiar Adobe MultipleMaster format.
June 1988 – September 1989 (1 year 4 months)
I learned the art and science of typeface hinting at QMS Imagen, where I was hired by Charles Bigelow of Bigelow & Holmes. In addition to hinting I was co-designer of a music font named Crescendo.
1987 – 1988 (1 year)
For about a year near the end of my college career, I worked part time at a small software company named OmniPage. This was not the company which published OCR scanning software, but a lesser known firm that was building a high-end desktop publishing platform. I was hired to hand edit bitmaps to accompany their unhinted outline fonts. I edited a wide range of sizes of Times New Roman and Helvetica, first using MacFred on the Macintosh Plus, and later on a proprietary application built in-house for use with Sun Microsystems workstations.
In addition to being all about letterforms, I'm an avid road cyclist, amateur pianist and photographer. Oh, and I began building this website shortly after having reignited my love of letterpress printing. As such I decided to buy a press and some type, and that inspired me to finally build my own website and start a blog about that, and other type-related topics.