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Carol Twombly (born 1959) is an American designer, best known for her type design. She worked as a type designer at Adobe Systems from 1988 through 1999, during which time she designed, or contributed to the design of, many typefaces, including Trajan, Myriad and Adobe Caslon.
A biography of Twombly and her type design career was published by Oak Knoll Books in December, 2016.
Twombly attended and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she first studied sculpture, and later changed her major to graphic design. She credits her professors Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes, whose studio she worked in, for her inspiration and stimulating her interest in typography. At Stanford University Twombly was one of only five people to graduate from the short-lived digital typography program with Masters of Science degrees in computer science and typographic design.
In her first international type design competition, Twombly was awarded the Morisawa gold prize for her entry in 1984. Subsequently, Morisawa Ltd., a Japanese typesetting manufacturer and the sponsor of the competition, licensed and marketed her entry as the Mirarae typeface. Twombly was also the 1994 winner of the Prix Charles Peignot, given by the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) - the first woman, and second American, to receive this award given to a promising typeface designer under the age of 35.
Typefaces by Twombly
- Adobe Caslon (1990)
- Californian FB (roman only)
- Chaparral (1997)
- Charlemagne (1989)
- Lithos (1989)
- Mirarae (1984)
- Myriad (1991, designed with Robert Slimbach)
- Nueva (1994)
- Pepperwood (1993)
- Rosewood (1993)
- Trajan (1989)
- Viva (1993)
- Zebrawood (1993)
Twombly left Adobe in 1999. Speaking in 2014, she cited a variety of reasons for the decision, including a lack of interest in designing fonts for onscreen display and the market failure of Adobe's multiple master font technology.
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- "Families by Carol Twombly". Fontshop. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
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