Computers were irresistible to me, growing up in the suburban arcadia of south west England in the 90s. But being "good with computers" pointed towards the kind of life depicted in Dilbert, so in high school I dropped maths and physics for contemporary art and socio-linguistics.
Combining my interests in visual arts and computers led me to study BA Interaction Design at Ravensbourne College
in London. By the time I graduated in 2006, I was fascinated with the potential of software freedom for graphic design and typography. I decided to free fonts.
I attended the University of Reading's MA Typeface Design
programme and graduated in 2009. In my dissertation
I related the history of the software freedom movement to type design. My student project Cantarell
was included in the launch of Google Fonts
and was chosen as the default User Interface font for GNOME
2011-15 I consult for Google Fonts from locations around the work, participating in libre graphics projects like FontForge
, and offering lectures on type design with libre software at Crafting Type
I believe that anyone can learn to draw