I have worked with typography and lettering for over 40 years now. After being introduced to it via Cartography in the early 1970s at college, I learned/worked variously with calligraphy, graphic arts production, as a phototypesetter, letterpress printing, and digital font production.
In 1982 I moved into the digital world, first making bitmap fonts for Autologic, in Southern California, which made digital phototypesetters for the newspaper industry. My career was at the leading edge of the transition from analog to digital means of communication.
As technology evolved, I made outline fonts and families at Imagen, in California's Silicon Valley, IBM in Boulder, Colorado, and, lastly, at Monotype Imaging, back in Silicon Valley. I'm very proud of my contributions to high-quality fonts being available for end users on computer systems and other output devices.
I began my letterpress career in 1979, taking a class with Dan Carr in Boston, Massachusetts. More learning came at the NY Center for the Book, San Francisco Center for the Book, and workshops here and there.
I've had a full-time letterpress business in the Raleigh/Durham North Carolina since 2007.
It's time to stop now, and retire. I've succeeded at one of my main goals - of educating young people about the intrinsic value of craftsmanship, and engaging their creative minds to do meaningful work. Their consistent joyfulness in class, making a physical thing, has brought me enormous satisfaction. I'm also very proud of the high-quality work I've provided clients, and been gratified by their praise and their appreciation for the craft that I love.