Decompiling History: Tobias Frere-Jones

With Tobias Frere-Jones

History is a peerless teacher and anchor in type design. But is there only one way to learn from it? Frere-Jones has spent decades studying type history and working with today’s rasterizing technology. Using recent releases as examples, he looks at a new speculative approach to history, and its application in current designs.

Over 25 years, Tobias Frere-Jones has established himself as one of the world’s leading typeface designers, creating some of the most widely used typefaces, including Interstate, Poynter Oldstyle, Whitney, Gotham, Surveyor, Tungsten and Retina.

Tobias received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. He joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Art in 1996 and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2006, Royal Academy of Visual Arts The Hague (KABK) awarded him the Gerrit Noordzij Prijs for his contributions to typographic design, writing and education. In 2013 he received the AIGA Medal in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of design.

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