Nick Shinn

Shinntype was founded in Toronto in 1998 to publish the type designs of Nick Shinn, and has since released sixteen retail typeface families. Shinntype fonts are available from Faces, Fonts.com, FontHaus, FontShop, Fontworks, MyFonts, Phil’s Fonts and Veer. Commissioned work is also undertaken, most notably a typeface to commemorate the author Mordecai Richler, in 2001. Custom types have been produced for newspapers such as The Birmingham News (Alabama), The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Express (London), The Daily Mail (London), The Globe and Mail (Toronto), The Montreal Gazette, and The St. Petersburg Times (Florida). Fonts with exclusive rights have been created for corporations such as Thomson Nelson, Enbridge, Rogers Communications Inc., and Martha Stewart Living.

Nick Shinn, R.G.D. was born in London, England in 1952, educated at Bedford, and acquired a Dip.AD in Fine Art (1974) from Leeds Polytechnic, Yorkshire. He has lived in Toronto since 1976. During the 1980s he was an art director and creative director at a number of advertising agencies, and a partner in the environmental marketing company Earthmark from 1988 to 1990. He went digital in 1989 and started the Shinn Design studio, which specialized in publication and marketing design during the 1990s. He has been a member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (R.G.D.) since its inception in 1996.

Between 1980 and 1998 Shinn designed seven type families for a variety of foundries. In 1998 he went into the font business full time, launching Shinntype to publish and market his fonts worldwide. Shinn's background as an artist, writer, art director and graphic designer informs his eclectic type designs, which run the gamut from revivals to experimental work exploring new technology, and are used in everything from packaging and advertising to internet, book, magazine, and newspaper publishing around the world. He has created dozens of retail fonts, including the casual classic Fontesque, the unicase-monowidth poetry face Panoptica, and the OpenType script face Handsome Pro. He is currently developing a suite of typefaces for international use, with Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic alphabets.

Shinn has written for magazines such as Applied Arts, Druk, Eye, Graphic Exchange, Marketing, and Typographic, has spoken at the ATypI, TypeCon and Graphika conferences, and taught at Seneca College and York University in Toronto. From 2002 to 2006 he served as a board member of the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), which puts on the international conference TypeCon every year, helping bring it to Toronto in 2002. [Ler mais...]