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Parkinson

Jim Parkinson is the founder and sole employee at Parkinson Type Design.
He was born in Richmond, California, in 1941, and he’s been lettering ever since. Jim was one of the designers who worked on ITC Bodoni, along with Sumner Stone, Holly Goldsmith and Janet Prescott Fishman. He drew Parkinson Electra for Monotype and has done a number of custom fonts for magazines and newspapers. In addition to his custom font work, Jim has designed dozens of retail fonts. Some of these designs are exclusives for Adobe, Monotype, FontShop, and The Font Bureau. The rest are released through Parkinson Type Design. Jim has also specialized in typographic logos for magazines and newspapers, including Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Esquire, InStyle, Men’s Journal, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Detroit Free Press, the Toronto Star and The National Post. In a rare departure from publication work, Jim designed the logo for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In his spare time, he paints…mostly pictures that feature letterforms.

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  • Location:
    Parkinson Type Design
    6170 Broadway Terrace
    Oakland, CA 94618
    United States of America
    phone: 1 510 547 3100
    fax: 1 510 547 1400
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Beloved Groucho joked with a mix of zany quips.
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My help squeezed back in again and joined the weavers after six.
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New farmhand proves strong but lazy, picking just six quinces.
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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.
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Five or six big jet planes zoomed quickly by the tower.
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Six big juicy steaks sizzled in a pan as five workmen left the quarry.

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Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.