Canadian type designer Nick Shinn, R.G.D. was born in London, England in 1952, and acquired a Dip.AD in Fine Art (1974) from Leeds Polytechnic, Yorkshire. He lived in Toronto from 1976 to 2009, before moving to Orangeville, 60 km north of that city. During the 1980s he worked in advertising as an art director, before going digital in 1989 with the Shinn Design studio, which specialized in publication and marketing design. Between 1980 and 1998 he designed typefaces for a variety of foundries, going into the font business full time in 1998 with Shinntype. He has written for Applied Arts, Codex, Druk, Eye, Graphic Exchange, Marketing and Typographic, spoken at the ATypI, TypeCon, and TYPO Berlin and TYPO San Francisco conferences, and taught at Humber College and York University in Toronto.