Thomas Phinney

The Font Detective

Your font & typography problems solved by a globally-​known font expert.
Font identification & availability dating. Point size analysis. & more.

Evidence and answers, promptly with clarity.

Recommended by Microsoft on the timeline and development of Calibri. No font question is too obscure.

Document Font Identification

What font was used to typeset a document? Did the font exist as of the date specified? A font on a document dated before the font was available can be proof of a backdated document, even when the only version of the document available is a photocopy or fax.

Font Point Size Verification

Many kinds of documents have a particular required point size to meet legal requirements. Does a given text meet the legal size requirement? Did you know that there is no single thing you can measure that is the same as the point size of a font, and different fonts have different physical sizes for the “same” point size? Phinney can explain, get accurate measurements for you, and translate those measurements to point size.

Other Font & Typography Questions

Phinney can answer almost any font or typography question. He has worked with literally every type of font, from carving letters in stone to designing digital fonts (including those on this web site). He has operated every category of printing press and digital printer, and co-​created one of the first web font services. He’s done work for Adobe, Microsoft, and Monotype. If he can’t answer your font question, he probably knows who can.