Christopher Slye

Type Professional in California

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I am a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. In the late ’80s, I was inspired by the emerging field of digital typography. I studied type design and type history while working as a graphic designer, eventually producing the Elmhurst typeface family (distributed by Font Bureau), and consulting for type-related companies such as Monotype and MvB Design.

From 1997 to 2020, I was a member of Adobe’s Type team. I first joined the typographic staff, where I helped to expand the design and functionality of Adobe Originals typefaces, including Myriad, Tekton, Caflisch Script, and others. Eventually, I helped guide Adobe’s type-related technology and initiatives, including its partnership with, and acquisition of, the pioneering web font service Typekit. As manager of business and licensing for type, I worked to improve the way people use and experience type through the Adobe Fonts service (formerly Typekit) and everywhere else.

I am a member of the Letterform Archive board of directors. I am also an ex-officio member of the SOTA board of directors, which brings you TypeCon each year.

  • Work
    • Type development & licensing