Rod Sheeter came to fonts by accident, having been rudely disabused of the notion that text was a “solved problem.” Five years later, it’s still not solved :)
As first an individual contributor and now tech lead and manager at Google Fonts, Sheeter helped nudge along WOFF2 and unicode-range, bring the Google Fonts collection to Android, and ship high-performance serving for very large fonts such as those used for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Today, he works on the nascent progressive-font-enrichment standard and on delivering variable fonts at scale.
Progressive font enrichment, a brand-new technology for efficiently transferring fonts on the web, is currently being standardized by the W3C Web Fonts Working Group. This technology has the potential to significantly speed up font transfers, especially when dealing with fonts...