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Thomas PhinneyPresident


Thomas Phinney is President of FontLab, the font software tools company. Previously he was product manager for fonts and global typography at Adobe, and then senior product manager for Extensis. In the 2000s he was instrumental in driving the adoption of OpenType, both within Adobe and in the marketplace. Thomas was the first Adobe employee to have both technology and design patents (four so far), and also has a medal from the Russian Ministry of Culture for contributions to Cyrillic typography. Thomas remains involved in type design as well as writing, teaching, technology/standards, history, and forensics of fonts.

Thomas developed Latin and Cyrillic character set standards for Adobe, and designed the Latin/Greek/Cyrillic typefaces Hypatia Sans and Cristoforo. Thomas has a MS in printing and typography from the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He has served on the executive of the board of ATypI, the global typographic organization since 2006.


Chicago 2016Sep 21 - 23, 2016
Barcelona 2013Jun 27 - 29, 2013
New York 2013Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2013