In the spring of 2004, I started working at Linotype as an intern in the Product Marketing department. I was still at the HfG Offenbach, and worked as many hours a week as my foreign student visa allowed. After a year and a half, I broke off my studies, and joined Linotype full-time. From January 2006 through September 2007, I continued on in the Product Marketing department as the Editor of Font Content. Quite a mouthful of a job title, I know. But writing content for the Linotype website, working on the Linotype Matrix, and visiting quite a few conferences helped keep me happy on my way to and from work every day.
In October 2007, I took a year off to attend the MA typeface design course at the University of Reading. I continued to write web content on a freelance basis for a time, but the bulk of my work was assumed by fellow-MATD grad Rob Keller. He described “our” job better than I probably could ever do here.
12 months later, I returned to Linotype in Bad Homburg. Many things seemed to have changed since I had left for Reading. We were now adding a multitude of third-party foundries into our webshop, and we had moved into a newer, better office space on the other side of town. Our coffee machine had gotten an upgrade, so my too-many-cups-of-coffee were tasting better, too.
For personal reasons, it was necessary for me to relocate to Berlin around this same time. At the moment, I split my time between the German capital and the Frankfurt-area, meaning that I spend quite a lot of time in the posh ICE trains. I also spend quite a lot of money on a yearly pass to the semi-dysfunctional not-yet-privatized German rail concern.
Since the beginning of the 2009, I’ve assumed a new role at Linotype. I’m now working as a Font Engineer & Typographic Specialist in the font production group. Please don’t ask me what any of this actually means, because I haven’t a solid idea yet. But I have my nose buried in python-learning guides, and am hoping not to embarrass myself too much at RoboThon in The Hague, come the beginning of March.