Consultant in dynamic font technology
Laurence Penney is a consultant in dynamic font technology based in Bristol, UK. At university (B.Sc. Computer Science) he created a prototype parametric font system. From 1993 he specialised in TrueType, writing rasterisers and hinting fonts for clients. In 1999 he was hired as a founder member of MyFonts (Cambridge, MA). He enlarged the team and helped the company to become market leader by a wide margin. From 2016 he has been a consultant in variable fonts. He presents the technology at conferences and universities, and released the open source Fit-to-Width library. His Axis-Praxis website (2016–present) is the first place that anyone can play with variable fonts. In 2019, together with Irene Vlachou, he launched FauxFoundry, a webfont service using variable font technology that provides automatic fallback fonts when the main font lacks characters. In his spare time he collects “one-dimensional maps”.