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 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.



Work highlights


This big word adds a level of scale to this composition, and that’s why it’s here. I’m trying out some of what I’m reading in The Nature of Order. The font is Bungee, by DJR.

I’m not sure why it looks messed up in browsers other than Safari. Here’s a CodePen that isolates the code I’m using.