Nick Shinn

Nick was born in London in 1952, moving to Toronto in 1976. During the 1980s he was an advertising agency art director and creative director, then in the 1990s freelanced as a graphic designer. In 1999 he launched Shinntype, one of the first dotcom foundries.

Shinn’s designs range from display styles to complex multi-script text types, and from revivals to experimental work. He has designed over fifty typefaces, mostly his own concepts, but also commissions, notably all fonts for the 1998, 2007, 2010, and 2018 redesigns of the The Globe and Mail.

His most licensed fonts are Beaufort, Bodoni Egyptian, Brown, Fontesque, Handsome, and Scotch Modern.

Nick was a Society of Typographic Aficionados board member early on, helping bring TypeCon to Toronto in 2002.