Tim Brown, organized

Lautsprecher, by DJR (Font of the Month Club)

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 three daughters, and our dogs.

I’m a designer, author, speaker, and maker of tools. My special interest is typography, a fancy word that means using fonts.

@timbrown  ·  @typesetting  · 


Since 2003, I have been designing websites and practicing typography. I try to share what I learn.

As Head of Typography at Adobe, 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.

I wrote Flexible Typesetting, a book about how to make websites and apps look better, and how the web has changed typography. I also speak at conferences 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. Now it’s a little Slack full of web typography nerds.

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.



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