Robert Slimbach was born in 1956 in Evanston, Illinois, USA, but grew up in South California. After leaving college he developed an interest in graphic design and typefaces while running a small screen printshop for manufacturing posters and greeting cards. This work brought him into contact with Autologic Incorporation in Newbury Park, California.
From 1983 to 1985, he worked as a font designer with Autologic Incorporation, where Sumner Stone also worked for a short time. There he trained, not just as a font designer but also as a calligrapher.
In 1987 he joined Adobe Systems. Ever since, he has been involved in developing new fonts for the Adobe Originals program. During his time at Adobe Systems, Slimbach went to the Plantin-Moretus museum in Antwerp, Belgium, to study the original Garamond typefaces. These served as the basis for the design of Adobe Garamond.
In 1991 he received the Charles Peignot Award from AtypI for excellence in type design. Slimbach is now based with Adobe Systems in San Jose, California.
[SLC, March 2006]