H&FJ font production job

I’ll go back to “normal” postings soon, but I thought this might be of interest to some of my regular readers.


Hoefler & Frere-Jones (H&FJ) specializes in the design and production of original typefaces for editorial, institutional, and corporate clients. We are currently looking to hire a full-time developer to assist in the production, testing, and manufacture of digital fonts.

Beyond just an interest in typography, candidates should have first-hand experience with digital font development tools such as FontLab, and experience with publishing packages such as InDesign and QuarkXPress. Strong candidates will be familiar with the Python programming language, or have other object-oriented programming experience, or familiarity with the RoboFab library.

Duties will include the production, testing, and manufacture of fonts in industry-standard formats (OpenType, PostScript, TrueType, for both Macintosh and Windows), as well as the ongoing investigation of developing font technologies. This person will work with H&FJ’s design and sales staffs to propose solutions to both technical and
typographic problems, and will be responsible for assisting a range of different kinds of clients with font implementation.

Applicants will be expected to exhibit strong analytical skills, good problem-solving abilities and a predilection for technological solutions, and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Professional experience in the field is encouraged but not necessary.

This position is open to applicants of all levels, from recent college graduates to experienced type developers.

The position is full-time in our offices in New York City.

Required Experience:
– Experience with FontLab
– Proficiency with the Mac OS X
– Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows

Preferred Experience:
– Object-oriented programming experience (ideally Python)
– Familarity with editorial pagination systems
– BS/BA or equivalent

Please send résumés with cover letters, to:
Tobias Frere-Jones

Thomas Phinney

Adobe type alumnus (1997–2008), now VP at FontLab, also helped create WebINK at Extensis. Lives in Portland (OR), enjoys board games, movies, and loves spicy food.

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