posted this on June 11, 2010 15:04
Say hello to FontShop San Francisco.
In 1988, Joan and her (then) husband, Erik Spiekermann, brewed up a bold new idea: the first mail-order distributor for digital fonts, FontShop. In 1990, together with partner Neville Brody, they formed the FontFont® label, today’s largest independent library. Besides heading FontShop International and FontShop San Francisco, Joan enjoys her grandson and oil painting.
Erik is a world-renowned information architect, type designer (FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF Info, FF Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk and many corporate typefaces), and author of books and articles on design and typography. Since launching FontShop with Joan and Neville, Erik has acted as statesmen for the company, traveling often and speaking to students and professionals around the world about design.
Since the founding of FontShop, Petra has been at the helm, forging relationships with partners and keeping the business in line. While she continues her intimate involvement in the type community, she supports "her" basketball team and grooves to the warm beats of R&B, hip hop, and soul.
Senior Communications Manager | TYPO SF Conference Director
Meghan returned to the West Coast after spending a decade in the Midwest’s quirkiest city, Milwaukee, bringing with her a varied background across the entire spectrum of marketing and communications. She uses her collective experiences to create and implement effective and creative communication strategies here at FontShop. Outside the office, Meghan lives a life of many passions from urban adventuring by foot or bike, film geekery, music snobbiness, and slow foodie-ing.
David devotes the time he spends at the office drawing, writing, and thinking about letters to the questions of how to promote and organize type in ways that are useful to FontShop's readers and customers. David additionally directs the typography in FontShop's publications: its newsletters, education pieces, and blogs, for which he regularly writes.
Theresa Dela Cruz
Sales and Support
Theresa's myriad of projects constantly test her organization skills, but her planning technique is unstoppable. A love for sweet beats, good eats, vector graphics, handmade objects, polaroids, black and white, color, and helping you with your typographic needs keeps her going.
Sales and Support
Molly started life as a beach bum in San Diego. Since moving to San Francisco she has traded in her flip flops for cold weather appropriate footwear and evolved into a seasoned city dweller; master of public transportation, unfazed by miscreant street drama. Molly developed her love for letters studying letterpress while completing a BA in Fine Art Printmaking, and thrives on providing stellar customer support. On Friday nights she can be found grooving to sweet soul sounds at Oldies Night or embroidering silly things for her Etsy store. Molly is also the Attendee Relations Assistant for TYPO SF.
Jason has been with FontShop since the days when fonts were shipped on floppies. He enjoys anything to do with retro computing, 8–bit, cats, and especially 8–bit cats. As a recent near–Bostonian, he misses real Mexican food. He is in possession of the Fontly Hallows: a pen from FUSE 98, the print version of the FontBook, and a 2004 Typo Berlin hoodie..
Senior Software Engineer
This developer’s unique name isn't the only thing that grabbed FontShop's attention. Originally from southern Arkansas, Star has been in the business of computers and web databases for over a decade. His interests and background span from developing web applications to digital media processing for indie music labels. Whenever Star decides to take a few steps away from his computer, you can find him biking, settling down with a hefty burrito, tinkering with whatever he can get his hands on, camping, or taking long walks on the beach. Just don't put a plate of uni in front of him.
Using his background in automation and operating systems, Mark makes sure that fonts are delivered from the store, through a series of tubes, and to your desktop. In his spare time, he supports open source software projects, public transportation, and biking initiatives. His favorite place to visit is where he lives, San Francisco, but he'd rather be in Hawaii about now.
Font Technician & Database Engineer, Office Patriarch
FontShop was born in Berlin, so it’s fitting that the stateside office has its own German on board. Volker is an FSI veteran, an expert in all things fontish and anthropological. Under his able Alamanni fist, engineering bugs are squashed and tables are pounded in defense of oddball theories like the aquatic ape hypothesis. In our most trying times, we can hear the faint tone of Bavarian reggae emanate from his desk in the back room and know that all is irie in fontland.
Ever heard the stereotype that number crunchers are dreary, inhuman drones? Well you can forget that notion right now. You will never find a brighter smile or more cheerful countenance than Flora’s. Our bean counter receives your purchase orders and pays your invoices with equally good nature. When she’s not keeping our records, she’s breaking her own records on the DDR mat.
Our very own thrillah from Manila, Rommel recently brought his Excel skills and chess chops to the ’Shop. His best pals are Ben and Jerry – a friendship that would go straight to his waist were he not shaking off the ice cream to the tunes of Duran Duran and Depeche Mode and shooting a little roundball. Rommel aspires to “take Argretch Tamirgie to places and pages most cherished.” We don’t know what that means, but we’re sure the persistent fellow will make it happen.