Twenty five years ago I worked my first day at Adobe. It was quite exciting; there were about 75 people at the company, all crowded in a small building in East Palo Alto. Continue reading…
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My name is Steve Ross, and I am happy to be joining the Adobe Type Team. There’s nothing harder than writing about yourself, but here’s my best effort:
I was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but I grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Luckily, the move also brings a great change in climate, so I can now switch from snow boots to sandals.
Hi! My name is Frank Grießhammer, and starting February, I am part of the Adobe Type Team.
Wow! I never would have imagined writing this sentence one day, and to some extent, this fact still feels unbelievable for me. Definitely, I did not see that coming.
I was born in Nürnberg, Germany and grew up in Hof. During school, I discovered that I had a talent for languages, so I took the chance to learn a fair amount of English, French and Italian. I focused my graduation on French and the Arts, and decided to study communication design close to the French border – at HBKsaar in Saarbrücken. Continue reading…
All of us on the Adobe Type Team would like to wish our readership a Happy New Year!
2010, which is now part of history, gave us many changes. Of course, our CS5 products were released during the first half of the year. Perhaps more importantly, though, the Web was revitalized by the release of Web Fonts, which included several Adobe Web Font waves that we released through Typekit.
We are also very excited that 2011 brings to us two new Adobe Type Team members who will be introduced in the coming days.
Regardless of where you live, or how you celebrate the coming of a new year, all of us wish you happiness and prosperity for the coming year, 2011.
Paul D. Hunt
13 years and 9 months is the average amount of time that the current members of the Adobe Type Team have been here. The team consists of 14 members spread across our planet. Three members are in our Tokyo, Japan office, one is in our Beijing, China office, and the remaining ten are in the San Jose, California headquarters. What’s more, I believe that all but one of us have been in no other team since joining Adobe.
I joined Adobe in July of 1991, which means that I celebrated my 19th year just last month. Still, I am the third senior member, in terms of tenure at Adobe. Two or three others are right on my tail. This is a good thing.
So, what does this mean or imply? In my opinion and experience, this simply means that the Adobe Type Team consists of fourteen world-class people who have a strong passion and dedication to type and typography, as evidenced by their long tenure at Adobe, and perhaps more so by their equally-long tenure as members of the Adobe Type Team. There is a lot of history and expertise here, and being part of such a team is a pleasure and honor, and brings great satisfaction. I am sure that others in the team feel the same. Needless to say, working with our valued customers—some of whom work at type foundries themselves—is an equally pleasurable experience. Whether it is design, development, or testing, our work is never done, and perhaps more importantly, it is never done in a vacuum.
(BTW, I wrote a short Perl program a couple of years ago that outputs the average amount of time, in terms of years and months, that the Adobe Type Team members have been here. A recent execution of this program is what inspired this post.)
Yesterday marked the first month anniversary of my joining the type team here at Adobe, so I thought that I would briefly introduce myself to those who don’t know me.
I grew up in the rural north-west corner of Arizona in a town of about twelve hundred persons, on the border of the Navajo Nation. At a young age I became fascinated with the languages and cultures of peoples at home and abroad, and poured over encyclopedia articles illustrating the writing systems of ancient civilizations. I studied Spanish and Russian languages on and off from middle school through college, although I would say that I am now only conversationally fluent in either. I entered Brigham Young University intending on getting my degree in Russian language. Part of the reason I attended BYU was that I wanted to perform with its International Folk Dancing Ensemble, which I did (just not on the tour team). It was while in college that I developed a taste for everything Indian: the food, the music, the festivals, and especially Bollywood cinema.
I want to offer my sincere thanks to Thomas Phinney for all the work he put into this blog. But despite his absence, “the blog must go on.” Everyone on the Adobe Type Development team will be contributing interesting bits about fonts and type technology. Some of them may be unfamiliar to some of you, so I’ll take this opportunity to offer a brief introduction.
Robert Slimbach has been designing typefaces for 25 years. He’s responsible for the design quality of the type library in general and the Adobe Originals series in particular. Robert’s designs have won numerous awards, including the Prix Charles Peignot and six TDC2 awards. He was instrumental in moving Adobe’s fonts toward broader language coverage, and was an early promoter for contextual layout and support for optical sizes in text families. designer profile
Ken Lunde is an authority on East Asian text handling and font technologies. His book “CJKV Information Processing“, now in its second edition, is a standard reference in the industry (catalog). Among many other accomplishments, Ken helped to define Unicode’s first Ideographic Variation Sequence registry.
Read Roberts develops and maintains the tools we use to make our fonts, including the AFDKO (Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType) that we offer for free download (AFDKO site).
Nicole Minoza is our program manager, moving various projects along when she’s not running marathons or doing programming herself. She was a Political Science major (with a side in Computer Science) and is now working on her MBA.
Ernie March has worked on fonts for 25 years, many of them at Adobe. He handles most of our font testing, doubles as our release engineer, and occasionally finds time to help with font development.
Gu Hua is a recent addition to the team. She has worked on East Asian fonts for more than 12 years. Now she tests our East Asian fonts and related technologies.
Christopher Slye is the team lead for font development. He’s both a typeface designer and font technician. He maintains the databases we use to build our fonts, and was responsible for overhauling all our fonts to bring them up to current best practices. designer profile
Miguel Sousa got his MA in Typeface Design in 2005 from the University of Reading, where his Calouste design won a TDC2 award. He helps develop our newer font families, and is our in-house expert on Flash & Flex. Miguel serves as the main “answer guy” for font technical questions both inside and outside the company in forums like Typophile.
Paul D. Hunt became fascinated with languages and cultures early in life. This eventually led to a BA in International Studies. Paul’s affinity for languages and design then converged in typeface design. He landed an internship with P22, which turned into a multi-year job. Paul went on to hone his type craft at the University of Reading, where he graduated with merit from the Masters program in Typeface Design in 2008, then joined the Adobe team in January 2009. In addition to basic Latin, Paul has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Devanagari and typefaces with extended Latin coverage to support African and American Indian languages. He is a frequent contributor to (and moderator for) Typophile, and helps maintain its wiki.
And of course I’m here too. I fell in love with letterforms in the 1970s, which led to a degree in graphic design. After working in the publishing industry I joined the Adobe type team in 1986, and have been involved with our font development, tools and technologies ever since. I originally hoped to design type, but found I could make more of a difference managing the team and doing things like helping to define the behavior of OpenType layout features.
Adobe also has a Type Development team in Tokyo, led by Taro Yamamoto with font technologist Masataka Hattori and typeface designer Ryoko Nishizuka. designer profile We’ll have more about their work in another post.
We’re all looking forward to more communication with each of you as our work here continues to evolve.
- David Lemon
I’ve been setting up a Technorati Profile, editing a couple of minor things on old posts (with appropriate notices, of course), and working at length on documenting our proposed extended Cyrillic character set. More soon!