Craig Eliason was born in 1969 and grew up in Texas and Louisiana. He studied fine arts at Amherst College and then art history at Rutgers University, receiving his Ph.D. in 2002 with a dissertation on avant-garde art and theory between the World Wars.
Now a tenured professor at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, he teaches the history of modern art, design, and aesthetics. His research projects center on the history of type design, and particularly its nomenclature and classification.
He took up digital typeface design in 2008 and founded a digital type foundry, Teeline Fonts, in 2010.
[Craig Eliason, May 2011]