This blog is about fonts, typography and text. It’s a mix of geeky troubleshooting, info for type designers and font makers, and thoughts for regular end users who happen to be curious about typography.
Thomas Phinney is a font and typography expert and consultant, who can be reached by email as tphinney at the cal.berkeley.edu domain (they do free email for alumni). He also does consulting and expert witness work, and is sometimes known as The Font Detective.
In his day job, Thomas is Vice President of FontLab, the font creation/editing software company. He is also treasurer of ATypI, the international typographic association. From 1997-2008 he did type at Adobe, lastly as product manager for fonts and global typography. After that he spend five years as senior technical product manager (a.k.a. “guru”) of fonts and typography at Extensis, including managing the font library for the WebINK web font solution. His typeface Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original (with help from Robert Slimbach, Miguel Sousa and Paul Hunt). His latest typeface is the Kickstarter-funded Cristoforo.
Thomas has spoken at about a hundred conferences across North America, Europe and Asia, including ATypI, AIGA, TypeCon, WebVisions, the InDesign Conference, Adobe MAX, and many others. He has long been involved in the design, technical, forensic, business, standards and history of type.