Michael Burke, HF&J’s General Counsel:
Last week, designer Tobias Frere-Jones, a longtime employee of The Hoefler Type Foundry, Inc. (d/b/a “Hoefler & Frere-Jones”), decided to leave the company. With Tobias’s departure, the company founded by Jonathan Hoefler in 1989 will become known as Hoefler & Co.
This is the type nerd’s equivalent of the Marx Brothers falling out. There is, of course, another side to Frere-Jones’ story and, while a small part of me looks forward to reading it, a larger part of me just wants them to metaphorically kiss and make up. The output of HF&J is among the best in the industry, and it’s a shame to see the company change.