Mark Simonson is an independent type designer working in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. He got interested in type design while studying commercial art in the '70s. He spent the first part of his career doing graphic design and magazine art direction, but dreamed of making typefaces, learning everything he could about it. With the advent of desktop font-making software in the '80s, he started making his own fonts and got a few published by the mid-'90s. By 2005, he was doing type design full time.