Thomas Rickner began his career in type design a dozen years ago, as a bitmap editor for a small software firm just outside his home town of Rochester, New York. Shortly thereafter he was graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Printing Management and Sciences and he joined QMS/Imagen Corporation, a laser printer manufacturer in Santa Clara, California. There, under the direction of noted type designer Charles Bigelow, he worked in the production and hinting of outline fonts for laser printers. Tom left QMS to work for Apple Computer, where as the lead typographer, he was instrumental in the production of the first TrueType fonts released with System 7. Following a two year stint as a freelance type designer with the Font Bureau, Tom joined Monotype Typography. There, as a Senior Typographic Engineer, he designs and produces custom fonts. Among Tom's more visible work with Monotype has been the TrueType production and hinting of Matthew Carter's Verdana and Georgia typeface families, commissioned by Microsoft specifically for use with Web browsers.
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