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Sep 16 / Brian

Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones

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Since 1989, Jonathan Hoefler (right) and Tobias Frere-Jones (left) have helped some of the world’s foremost publications, corporations, and institutions develop their identity through typography.

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Jonathan Hoefler founded the Hoefler Type Foundry in New York City in the early 1990’s. In 1999, Tobias Frere-Jones left Font Bureau Inc. in Boston to begin work with Jonathan Hoefler in New York. Since working together the two have collaborated on projects for The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Nike, Pentagram, GQ, Esquire, The New Times, Business 2.0, and The New York Times Magazine. Their portfolio of work holds some of the world’s most famous designs, typefaces marked by both high performance and high style.

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Tobias Frere-Jones received his BFA in 1992 from Rhode Island School of Design. While working with Font Bureau Inc. as a Senior Designer for seven years, he created typefaces like Interstate and Poynter Oldstyle & Gothic. Before teaming up with Jonathan Hoefler in 1999, he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Art in 1996 teaching typeface design on the graduate level.

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Not only is Jonathan Hoefler a typeface designer but a type historian who specializes in the design of original typefaces. His work has been included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. He is also named one of the forty most influential designers in America, according to I.D. Magazine. One of his best-known typefaces is Hoefler text family of typefaces, designed for Apple Computers and now appearing everywhere as part of the Macintosh operating system.

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