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Jonathan Hoefler is a typeface designer and an armchair type historian who specializes in the design of original typefaces. Named one of the forty most influential designers in America by I.D. Magazine, Hoefler's publishing work includes award-winning original typeface designs for Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Esquire; his institutional clients range from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to the rock band They Might Be Giants. Perhaps his best known work is the Hoefler Text family of typefaces, designed for Apple Computer and now appearing everywhere as part of the Macintosh operating system. Hoefler's work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian Institution) in New York. In 2002, The Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) presented Hoefler with its most prestigious award, the Prix Charles Peignot for oustanding contributions to type design.
Hoefler is the founder of Hoefler & Frere-Jones, the type foundry he runs with designer Tobias Frere-Jones. The designer of more than five hundred typefaces, Hoefler's published work includes Hoefler Text and Hoefler Titling, Knockout, Mercury, Requiem, and The Proteus Project.