Thanks to our sponsors

Font Detective, Extra Bold

#sxsw #fontclues


Thomas Phinney presents his clues and conclusions from several cases he has been called into as a font detective, including a forged will, a seemingly fake rabbi, and documents about President Bush’s National Guard service. Learn how mistakes in typography, printing and font selection ruined what could have otherwise been perfectly good forgeries!



Thomas Phinney SR Prod Mgr Extensis

Thomas Phinney is senior product manager for fonts and typography at Extensis. From 1997-2008 he worked in type at Adobe, lastly as product manager for fonts and global typography. Thomas is involved in the design, technical, forensic, business and historical aspects of type. He is treasurer ATypI, the international typography association, and writes for Communication Arts and other venues. He has testified in court as an expert witness, and was twice quoted in the Washington Post regarding the presumably forged memos concerning US President Bush’s National Guard service. Thomas has an MS in printing from RIT, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. His typeface Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original, and he is currently hard at work on a new typeface, Cristoforo.