Hello, I’m Tim Brown. I live and work in New York State’s beautiful Hudson Valley with my wife and college sweetheart Eileen, our two daughters, and our dogs.
I’m a designer, speaker, and maker of tools. My special interest is typography, a fancy word that means using fonts.
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Since 2003, I have been designing websites and practicing typography. I try to share what I learn.
As Head of Typography for Adobe Type and Typekit, I help people find, get, organize, and use fonts. I think deeply about the role of typography in design applications, advise our partners, make tools, and help people practice typography.
Universal Typography is a series of presentations I give (that people seem to enjoy) about how the web has fundamentally changed typography. I also talk about how to practice, and how good typography is good for business.
Nice Web Type was my Graphic Design BFA thesis (SUNY New Paltz), and later a website that I used when web fonts were relatively new. Currently one of my Twitter handles.
I love my family, and I spend a lot of time thinking about how to make the most of our time together. I like to play and invent games, especially with my kids. I try to learn new things.
I’m a volunteer firefighter, and here’s why. I hope to be a more responsible citizen at some point.
Every few months I set personal goals. I like waking up early, and I make a pressure calendar if I feel overwhelmed. I try to focus, but it’s hard.
It’s my privilege to have good friends, to have had good teachers, and to have been raised in a loving family in a free country. I profoundly appreciate it.
- Helped announce variable fonts. Did an interview for Fast Company. Had an idea about specifying CSS instances relative to an “anchor point”.
- Noticed that type sized in pixels or viewport units ignores user font-size preferences.
- Wrote about flexible typography with CSS locks See the responses from Jake Giltsoff and Bram Stein.
- Tried using Anchor.fm to share audio thoughts about fallback fonts, display text, and reading distance.
- Spoke at the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup in Kingston, NY (just a block away from my office).
- Finally hung the glass sign I gilded in John Downer’s 2011 TypeCon workshop.
- Shared ideas about new typographic tools with Adobe design leadership. Imagine the previous bullet about algorithms and machine learning, plus my thoughts over at Universal Typography.
- Talked separately with the Typekit team, Adobe researchers, and Jon Gold (who recently penned a couple of great blog posts), about algorithmic typography and machine learning.
- Started this blog. Hello world.
- Called in to Shop Talk Show. Chris and Dave were kind enough to share my thoughts on modular scales and vertical rhythm.
- Worked on design patterns for Typekit integrations. More about that later this year.
- Released my small book, Combining Typefaces, as a free PDF.
- Moved my family photos and videos to a network attached storage drive with redundancy (thanks Ryan!) and into Apple’s Photos service for easy access.
- Made my newest talk, Typesetting Body Text, free on Vimeo.
- Drove a fire truck.
- Studied Christopher Alexander’s books: The Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language, and The Oregon Experiment.