New beginnings

Paul Hammond, 28 February 2013

Today is my last day at Typekit. When I joined the team I talked about how web typography was underappreciated and ignored. Less than three years later that idea seems almost unimaginable. We set out to change the web, and we succeeded.

It’s been a privilege to work alongside so many incredibly talented people. They are all smart, funny, passionate, generous, and humble. Everyone on the team is amazing at what they do, and I've learned a lot from all of them. It is because of them that I feel confident enough to do what's next.

It’s time for me to start working for myself.

Some common themes have emerged from my work at both Flickr and Typekit: infrastructure engineering, development processes, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and — for want of a better word — devops. I want to continue to explore these ideas, but in new contexts. I’ve got some product sketches I want to develop, and plans to collaborate with some co-conspirators on a few projects.

I’m also interested in working with other companies who are trying to understand this space. To be clear, I’m not ready to take a full time role at your startup, but if you've got some challenging infrastructure or process problems, and you think I might be able to help out, please get in touch.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next.