Public Lecture: TypeMeet #002: Dave Crossland and Thomas Phinney


  1. Networking reception with refreshments 18:00
  2. Presentations 19:30–21:30

Public Lecture: TypeMeet #002: Dave Crossland and Thomas Phinney

Web fonts
Dave Crossland (UK)

Web fonts are here. Dave Crossland has spent the last five years as a consultant working with Google to provide a collection of web fonts for everyone in the world to use and to customise. Dave will show you how web fonts work, how to get started, where the future of  web fonts may go, and some of the hundreds of fonts he has commissioned for writing systems around the world.

Dave is an English type designer, best known for creating the Cantarell typeface: a beautiful contemporary Humanist sans serif. Made while studying for over two years in the Department of Typography at the University of Reading, Cantarell was chosen as the brand type for the GNOME desktop. Dave is currently Font Consultant to Google Web Fonts and has commissioned hundreds of typefaces from designers around the world.


Font detective, extra bold
Thomas Phinney (USA)

Thomas Phinney discusses and shows evidence from several of the cases he has been called into as a typographic consultant, including a forged will, a fake rabbi and the falsified documents about President Bush’s National Guard service. Attendees will learn how mistakes in typography, printing and font selection ruined what could have otherwise been perfectly good forgeries.

Thomas Phinney is a consulting font guru, type designer, and vice president of FontLab, the font tools company. From 1997 to 2008, he did type at Adobe, lastly as product manager for fonts and global typography. His typeface Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original (with help from Robert Slimbach, Miguel Sousa and Paul Hunt). Phinney has spoken at scores of conferences, including ATypI, AIGA, TypeCon, WebVisions, the InDesign Conference and AdobeMAX.