Barry Schwartz, born in 1961, grew up primarily in Kendall Park, New Jersey, USA. As a teenager reading library books he discovered the typeface Electra and thus the existence of typefaces.
While studying electrical engineering in the 1980s he discovered troff, TeX, and digital type, and so had his latent interest in typefaces revived, because now he could use them himself. In 2005, while studying the language Esperanto, he started adding accented letters for that language to existing fonts, for his own use; before long he was struggling to make the unaccented letters too, in spite of chronic hand pain and the need to use a special input device.
He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA, with his wife, their computers, their bookshelves, and their numerous dust bunnies.