Jay Rutherford (*1950) studied design in Kingston, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia, but learned more on the job doing film stripping, computerized typesetting mark-up (long before DTP), page layout and graphic design. He has taught design-related subjects from silk-screen printing to set design to detail typography with many stops in between. In 1992, after running his own design studio in Canada for some years, Jay ran away to Germany to join the MetaDesign circus. Here he helped expand the Meta type family and drew an italic for Frutiger Condensed, which FontShop now sells as FF Transit. The Meta experience convinced Jay to stay in Germany, where he was professor of Visual Communications at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar until 2016.