Type designer and font engineer, Paul D. Hunt

I met Paul D. Hunt through a mutual friend and lettering artist, Stephen Rapp. Paul works for Adobe. He’ll explain the details of his role there. It’s impressive.

1. Your name and title or business name?

My name is Paul D. Hunt. I often include the middle initial ‘D’, which stands for Dennis, my father’s name.

2. Please talk about the overall job responsibilities? Do you have a daily routine?

My work responsibilities are varied and include mostly designing type and font engineering. I am also one of Adobe’s representatives to the Unicode Consortium and am active on the Emoji Subcommittee of this organization. My daily routine is to look at the current goals I have set with myself and my managers and to then work on that which is most pressing until I have hopefully come to a natural resting point where I can resume when I pick up the project again. Some major projects that I have been working on at my time with Adobe include growing our open source offerings and working with designers to create fonts for the Typeset library for the top 10 languages of India.

3. What type of computer skills or knowledge are required to complete a type design?

To complete the design process of a typeface, the basic computer skills necessary would be the ability to draw with Bézier curves and basic content management. To complete the technical process of transforming a set of digital outlines into a font, many more skills in the vein of font production are also required.

4. What’s your educational background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?

I began my journey in type by trying to teach myself as much about the skills of drawing type and programming fonts as I could. After teaching myself the basics of OpenType programming with the aid of the online Typophile community, I was fortunate to work as green type designer and font developer at P22 Type Foundry for several years with Richard Kegler and Colin Kahn. After I felt that I had learned all that I could from that experience, I enrolled in the Master of Arts in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. There I focused more on the design aspect of my craft and learning as much as I could about multi-script type design under the guidance of Gerry Leonidas, Fiona Ross, and Gerard Unger, among others. After graduation, I was hired by Adobe and have been privileged to learn from talented colleagues including Robert Slimbach, Miguel Sousa, and Frank Grießhammer.

5. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?

I like to reinvigorate myself with sleep, good food, music, cultural events, TV, friends, and family.

6. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.

I’m not sure that I can tell you anything too surprising about myself, but I have recently become a big fan of Ru Paul’s Drag Race and have been binge watching past seasons in order to fully appreciate the current season. Yeti that walk!

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