TYPO San Francisco 2014


Dan Rhatigan

Senior Manager, Adobe Type

Dan Rhatigan works with Adobe Typekit in New York as the Senior Manager of Adobe Type. He has over 25 years of eclectic experience in various industries as a typesetter, graphic designer, typeface designer, and teacher, including several years in London and New York serving as Type Director for Monotype. He has a BFA in graphic design from Boston University, and MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in the UK, and a very tattered passport.

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The Feedback Loop: Teamwork in Type Design

TYPO San Francisco 2014, April 10, 2014, 11:00 am (Screening Room)

Big type projects often require contributions from more people than just a named designer, and this was especially true for typefaces that predate digital drawing tools. For instance, the Gill Sans family has been enormously successful since its release in 1928, with a demand for many variations over the years, from the styles conceived by Eric Gill himself to those produced in-house by Monotype, with or without Gill’s involvement. But even those faces first drawn by Gill were completed by Monotype’s draftsmen and technicians, who were the real hands that turned Gill’s concept of a sans-serif letter into fully realized typefaces. Thanks to the commercial success of the Gill Sans family, it is one of the more fully documented examples of the collaborative evolution of a design, with ample drawings, samples, and correspondence still held in Monotype’s archive.