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.
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.