David Lemon began as a painting student at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he kept putting words into his images. He fell in love with type, and transferred to the California College of Arts and Crafts to study graphic design (BFA 1979). After eight years working on magazines and newspapers, he joined the type staff at Adobe Systems in 1986. Although he wanted to design type, only one of his designs has been published (Copal, 1994). Instead, he manages the group which designs and produces Adobe’s non-Asian fonts. He sits (literally as well as figuratively) between the designers and engineers, and has been working on OpenType from the day it began.
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