Studio.

Meet the team.

The Monotype Studio hails from all corners of the globe. We design typefaces for the world’s most beloved brands, and have created some of this century’s most iconic and talked-about designs.

Tom Foley.

Tom Foley is a Creative Type Director for Monotype, and in his role, is responsible for leading a team of type designers creating fonts for the Monotype Library and corporate brands. Words and letters are in Tom’s blood - his great-grandfather was from a family of stonemasons that specialized in letter carving, and his uncle was a sign painter.

Phil Garnham.

Phil is a Creative Type Director and type designer with many years of experience in the design and engineering of fonts for global brands. Working in collaboration with design studios and global clients, Phil understands the creative and business needs of brands looking to build continuity with type.

Akira Kobayashi.

Creative Type Director Akira Kobayashi has three decades of experience, with an extensive background in Japanese typeface design and a deep understanding of calligraphy. After studying at Musashino Art University in Tokyo for four years, Akira Kobayashi accepted his first job at phototypesetting manufacturer Sha-Ken Co., where he was involved in the lengthy and intricate process of designing Japanese fonts.

Charles Nix.

Charles Nix is a Creative Type Director, designer, typographer and educator. He designed a number of popular typefaces in the Monotype Library, including Walbaum and Hope Sans, which received a Certificate of Typographic Excellence in the 22nd Annual Type Directors Club Typeface Design Competition. He’s also designed custom typefaces for Google Noto, Progressive Insurance and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tom Rickner.

Tom Rickner is a Creative Type Director with a career in type that spans more than three 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.

Sara Soskolne.

Sara is a Creative Type Director originally from Toronto, Canada. Originally a graphic designer, Sara’s increasing fascination with type forms eventually drew her to study typeface design at University of Reading in the UK. A reformed bookworm, her deepest inspiration as a designer is the experience of reading and her abiding interest is in creating typefaces which not only serve but also enrich that experience.

Terrance Weinzierl.

As a Creative Type Director in the Monotype Studio, Terrance Weinzierl has been creating and modifying typefaces for the Monotype Library and a wide range of brands since 2008. In addition to working on custom projects for PBS, Microsoft, Google, Barnes & Noble, Domino’s and SAP, he’s designed type for video games, professional sports teams and auto manufacturers.

Friedrich Althausen.

Friedrich Althausen is a type designer based in Monotype’s Berlin office. After his studies at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Friedrich worked as a freelance designer with a special interest in book typography and letter drawing. He has designed typefaces for several textbooks on subjects such as mathematics and Cartography, and his typeface “Vollkorn” became widely known as one of the first free web fonts on the internet.

Jordan Bell.

Jordan is a type designer and is fascinated by handwriting and its effect on modern type design, as well as the origin, evolution, and localization of the American Gothic. Originally from Waco, Texas, Jordan received a BFA from Abilene Christian University in Abilene and then worked as a graphic designer before attending the MATD program at University of Reading in the UK to further his knowledge in design history, graphic communication, and type design.

Tao Di.

Tao is a Type Designer at the Monotype Studio in Shanghai, China. He graduated from university where he studied engineering, and started his career as a graphic designer at an ad agency in China. During that period, he got attracted to the magic of fonts and started learning type design by himself.

Ryota Doi.

Ryota Doi is a Type Designer for Monotype. Ryota first became interested in type as a design student while at university in Japan. After receiving his BA in design from Tokyo University of the Arts, he enrolled in the MA typeface design program at the prestigious University of Reading, where he studied the differences between Japanese and Latin type.

Colin Ford.

Colin is an advanced font engineer and a graduate of the Type and Media Master’s program at Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (KABK) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where he now occasionally teaches. Colin has always been interested in the interaction type and the web.