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Inquiries regarding the SBL Hebrew font should be directed to the SBL Font users group.

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John Hudson

John Hudson is a type designer and co-founder of Tiro Typeworks. Since 1997, he has specialised in the design and development of custom fonts for multilingual computing. In addition to his type design activities, John writes and lectures on font technology issues.

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Ross Mills

Ross Mills is a type designer and co-founder of Tiro Typeworks. He has been involved in the design and production of multilingual and specialist typefaces for Microsoft Corp., Linotype Library, Apple Computer, the Government of Nunavut and others.

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Tim Holloway

After graduating in 1974, Tim Holloway trained in type drawing with the Linotype group and joined Walter Tracy at the London-based company, which was busy supplying the Middle East newspaper market. There he became intrigued by the 'simplified Arabic' issue and the emerging possibilities for adapting calligraphic styles to computer typesetting, in particular the diagonal-joining Arabic ruqah and Urdu nastaliq styles. Tim ventured into freelance work, assisting Matthew Carter with Greek fonts and drawing up logos and corporate alphabets for various design groups. In Lausanne he met the Lebanese typefounder Georges Dib under whose guidance he extended Dib's traditional naskh type for BobstGraphic and attempted a simplified version. Following a collaboration with Fiona Ross on Bengali he was invited to contribute to the development of Linotype's Urdu nastaliq fonts and system. The design of 'Sheeraz' (1986-7) was followed by the more complex 'Qalmi' (1994), involving expert help from a Pakistani calligrapher and an Indian software engineeer. Continuing study of historical calligraphic material resulted in a traditional naskh, 'Karim' (Postscript 1993; OpenType 2005) and the experimental design 'Markazi' (ATypI award 2001). An associate designer of Tiro Typeworks, he has collaborated with John Hudson and Fiona Ross on a number of projects including 'Adobe Arabic' (TDC award 2006), 'Adobe Thai' and recently, for Dalton Maag, 'Vodafone Hindi' (TDC award 2008).



Gerry Leonidas

Gerry teaches typography and typeface design in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, England. He is a practising type designer of Greek and Latin typefaces, and a regular consultant on Greek typography and type design. He has published book reviews and occasional articles on typography, and has translated works from English to Greek. Between 1986 and 1994 he was a book and magazine editor/production manager in Greece. He holds a BSc in Business Administration, a Diploma in Journalism, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Typography & Graphic Communication; he is constantly completing a PhD on the relationship of the design processes of Greek and Latin digital typefaces.



Fiona Ross

Fiona's interest in non-Latin type design and typography arose from her post-graduate studies in Sanskrit and Indian Palaeography. In 1978 she joined Linotype-Paul Limited, following in the footsteps of Walter Tracy, where, as the company's first female manager, she became responsible for the design of Linotype's non-Latin fonts and typesetting schemes, notably those using Arabic, Indian, and Thai scripts. There Fiona developed with Mike Fellows the Phonetic Keyboard for Indian scripts, which was adopted by the principal Indian newspaper publishers in the 1980s, thus paving the way for Desktop publishing in the Indian sub-Continent. Also, in collaboration with Tim Holloway, they developed Linotype's patented Nasta'liq system and fonts. During this period Fiona travelled extensively in South Asia for research purposes, troubleshooting, lecturing and teaching non-Latin type design. Since 1989 Fiona has worked as a consultant for clients that include Adobe, Apple Computers, Bitstream, Dalton Maag, Linotype GmbH, Monotype Imaging, Open University, and Quark. Since her first design collaboration with Tim Holloway on the now ubiquitous 'Linotype Bengali', Fiona's typeface designs for Linotype went on to range over 12 Indian scripts: these include 'Rohini' (Devanagari script) with Georgina Surman, 'Manorama' (Malayalam script) and 'Araliya' (Sinhala script) with Georgina Surman and Donna Yandle. More recently, as an associate designer of Tiro Typeworks, she has enjoyed working with John Hudson and Tim Holloway on a number of type design projects including 'Adobe Arabic' (TDC award 2006), 'Adobe Thai' and, for Dalton Maag, 'Vodafone Hindi' (TDC award 2008) Fiona is also a lecturer (part-time) in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, teaching non-Latin typeface design on the MA Typeface Design course as well as research methodology and academic writing skills to postgraduates in the Department. She is the author of The Printed Bengali Character and its Evolution (Richmond, 1999) and numerous articles on non-Latin type design and typography, and has recently co-curated two exhibitions. Fiona Ross holds a BA in German, a PgDip in Sanskrit and Pali, and a PhD in Indian Palaeography from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies: University of London). She is a board member of ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.





Maxim Zhukov

Maxim Zhukov’s main occupation is multilingual typography and cross-cultural design. For many years he served as a typographic co-ordinator to the United Nations. Zhukov is involved in typeface design, consulting for many individual designers and type foundries. He taught typographic design at his alma mater, Moscow Printing Institute, and now teaches at Parsons School of Design and Cooper Union in New York. Maxim Zhukov writes on typography and type design. He is a member of a number of Russian and American professional societies and associations. He is a member of the Board of ATypI, and the country delegate for Russia.