Tom Rickner’s career in type spans nearly 3 decades. During that time he has mastered nearly every aspect of type design and font production, from his earliest days editing bitmaps, to designing some of the very first Multiple Master fonts for Adobe and TrueType GX Variations fonts for the Font Bureau and Apple. Although he is likely most well known for his hinting of Matthew Carter’s Georgia, Verdana, Tahoma and Nina typefaces for Microsoft, Tom’s real expertise is found at the intersection of design, tools and technology related to fonts. He is currently the font tools product owner at Monotype, where he works to improve the lives of type designers and font producers by defining and guiding the development of better tools and processes to meet their ever changing needs. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, the only city in the world built on an isthmus, and also home of the famed Wienermobile.
Bob Taylor is currently Director of Font Technologies at Monotype where he has been for the last 10 years. During that time his team has been involved in developing software to render fonts and implement OpenType layout for a multitude of consumer electronic devices as well as developing tools and technologies to enhance Monotype’s font production processes. He has been a software engineer for about 35 years, involved mainly with image processing and graphics. Bob shares the industry’s excitement about variable fonts and is looking forward to seeing how the technology can radically change how fonts are made and used in new and creative ways.