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Agfa Monotype Enhances Type Development Team to Meet Increasing Demands

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WILMINGTON, Mass., & SAN FRANCISCO (TypeCon2004), July 22, 2004 – Agfa Monotype Corp. has added six industry veterans to its type development team in answer to rising demands worldwide for the company’s fonts, font technologies and expertise. “Fonts represent a growing influence on the ability to share and record information thanks to expanding communication choices and technology advancements,” said Robert M. Givens, Agfa Monotype’s president and chief executive officer. “We’re continually investing in the development of type, as it plays a major role in daily life, from the display of text on tiny cell phone screens to large billboard messages designed with custom fonts. The skill level, experience and depth of our type development team is unsurpassed, allowing us to deliver what’s needed today and meet new challenges tomorrow.” Geoffrey Greve, Agfa Monotype’s new vice president of type development, has worked in the industry for more than 25 years. Greve most recently headed the font development team for electronic paper products at Gyricon LLC, a subsidiary of Xerox Corp., while serving as director of software operations and customer services. There, he earned a patent for font design processes for segmented displays. Prior to Gyricon, Greve was vice president and general manager at Galápagos Design Group, a type company where he was in charge of third-party partnerships and product development. Prior to that, Greve spent 15 years at Bitstream Inc., ultimately serving as vice president of product development, where he was responsible for type operations and the development efforts of two engineering groups. Dave Opstad brings to Agfa Monotype more than 30 years experience in multilingual typographic development. While at Xerox in the 1980s, Opstad was part of a development team that invented the Unicode standard for multilingual digital exchange. At Apple Computer Inc. in the 1990s, he helped develop the TrueType font format through his contributions involving international data structures. Opstad was also one of the two principal authors of Apple’s GX Line Layout program, an algorithm for automatically generating text with various typographic effects for QuickDraw GX applications. In addition, Opstad led the development of Apple’s FontSync utility, a feature in the Mac OS 9.x operating system for controlling font attributes such as kerning and spacing. Opstad holds six patents in type technology. Mike Leary, a founding member of the Galápagos Design Group, began his career more than 20 years ago at Compugraphic Corp. where he was part of the team that developed the Intellifont scalable font format. Leary also developed typefaces while working at Bitstream. His wide range of expertise includes typographic hinting and international font development. Leary has also co-authored a book, “Web Designer’s Guide to Typography,” a primer on the use of type on the Internet. Two other former Galápagos employees have joined Agfa Monotype. George Ryan, a founding member of the company, has been designing typefaces for more than 20 years. Prior to Galápagos, Ryan was director of typographic production at Bitstream and before that a senior designer at Mergenthaler-Linotype. Chris Oppenberg brings to Agfa Monotype skills in various disciplines, including typographic production, hinting, quality assurance and customer support. Delve Withrington, most recently of FontShop, has spent the past decade designing signage, print projects and Web pages in addition to designing custom typefaces. Withrington studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has nationally exhibited mixed media fine art, including works that incorporate typographic elements. Employee promotions have also taken place within Agfa Monotype’s type development group. Jason Campbell now heads the hinting team from the Wilmington headquarters and Jim Wasco manages the type design group from the Redwood City, Calif. office.