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TSI: Type Scene Investigation
Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
New York, United States
Forensic font geek Thomas Phinney discusses and shows some of the
cases of allegedly forged documents he’s been asked to investigate,
from a frontier mailbag label for The History Channel’s History
Detectives, to the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame for the Dallas
Morning News, to the Bush presidency for The Washington Post.
Learn how errors with fonts, typography and output devices have ruined
what could otherwise have been perfectly good forgeries.
Thomas Phinney is senior product manager for fonts and typography at
Extensis. From 1997-2008 he worked in type at Adobe, lastly as product
manager for fonts and global typography. Thomas is involved in the
design, technical, forensic, business and historical aspects of type,
treasurer of ATypI, and writes for Communication Arts and many other
He has testified in court as an expert witness, and was twice quoted
in the Washington Post regarding the presumably forged memos
concerning US President Bush's National Guard service. Thomas has an
MS in printing from RIT, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. His typeface
Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original.