The ‘Crafting Type–Edmonton‘ workshop, with internationally known type designer Thomas Phinney, was held in the Visual Communication Design studios at the University of Alberta October 27-29, 2017. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (Alberta North Chapter) and Visual Communication Design, Department of Art & Design at the U of A.
Crafting Type students

Participants (students and professionals) learned the rudiments of typeface design beginning with pencil sketching techniques and ending with viable creative briefs and typeable, printable typeface designs. Photo by Cindy Couldwell.


Thomas Phinney is a font and typography expert and consultant, who also does consulting and expert witness work, and is sometimes known as ‘The Font Detective’. Phinney is President of FontLab, a font creation/editing software company and treasurer of ATypI, the international typographic association.

From 1997 to 2008 he did type at Adobe, lastly as product manager for fonts and global typography. He subsequently spent five years as senior technical product manager (a.k.a. “guru”) of fonts and typography at Extensis. 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.


Photo by Cindy Couldwell.

Thomas has spoken at conferences across North America, Europe and Asia, including ATypI, AIGA, TypeCon and many others. He has been involved in the design, technical, forensic, business, standards and history of type for a very long time.

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