Jonathan Hoefler

albert_jan_pool_2005Jonathan Hoefler is an American Typeface designer, born August 22, 1970. He was educated at the Rhode Island School of design and founded The Hoefler Type Foundry in 1989 in New York. In 1999 Hoefler began working with a type designer by the name of Tobias Frere-Jones, and their company adopted the name Hoefler & Frere-Jones. However, after about 11 years of partnership, they decided to split.

Hoefler’s original designed typefaces were debut in print magazines such as Rolling Stone MagazineHarper’s BazaarThe New York Times MagazineSports Illustrated, Esquire to name a few. It is said that Hoefler’s best-known work is of course the Hoefler Text family of typefaces, which he originally designed for Apple Computers but have now been appearing as part of the Macintosh operating system. Hoefler has also designed the current word mark of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Hoefler was named one of the forty most influential designers in America by I.D. magazine, in 1995.He was also presented with the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) most prestigious award, the Prix Charles Peignot for outstanding contributions to type design in 2002. Hoefler is defined  as A modern classic as the typeface came about when digital typography was just at its early beginnings.


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