Tim Brown, organized.

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.

@timbrown   ·   @nicewebtype   ·  


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.

Personal stuff

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.