Neil’s entry into the field of type design was an unconventional one. After spending a decade as a photolithography process engineer in the semiconductor industry, he decided to change careers into something more self-directed. As an engineer, Neil’s specialties included sub-micron printing and optical proximity correction. The parallels of this skill set to traditional printing and photographic reproduction led him to discover type and lettering. Using this unique background along with his strength in analytical problem solving and system level thinking, Neil has developed custom type solutions for clients such as IDEXX Laboratories, NCR, and Cartoon Network. Neil Patel is the designer behind Tetradtype, an independent retail type foundry and partner in Jamra Patel a studio specializing in custom letterforms and fonts for non-Latin writing systems.
[Neil Patel, September 2015]