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Adobe Originals: an Adobe 25 celebration

Thomas Phinney

Friday 14 September | 10:45 – 11:15
Location: Dance Studio Room 225

Presentation | Theme: Histories | Duration: 30 minutes

2007 marks Adobe's 25th anniversary, an occasion to celebrate Adobe's first retail software product: fonts. The cream of Adobe's fonts is the Adobe Originals line, which has won many awards and set standards for character sets, technical and aesthetic quality, and typographic features. In this retrospective, Thomas Phinney examines the history and development process of the Adobe Originals, from 1989 to present, including the people behind the typefaces. What happened to Carol Twombly and where is she now? What are some little-known things about Robert Slimbach? What one thing does David Lemon say if he had known about Thomas at the time, he would have never hired him?

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Thomas Phinney | USA

Thomas Phinney is senior product manager for font solutions at Extensis. From 1997-2008 he worked in type at Adobe, lastly as product manager for fonts and global typography. Thomas is involved in the design, technical, forensic, business and historical aspects of type, treasurer of ATypI, and writes for Communication Arts and as well as He has testified in court as an expert witness, and was twice quoted in the Washington Post regarding the presumably forged National Guard memos concerning US President Bush. Thomas has an MS in printing from RIT, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. His typeface Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original

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