Poetica was designed by Robert Slimbach in 1992. Slimbach, who joined Adobe in 1987 and is now director of their type design program, is a multi-award-winning type designer whose classically inspired digital typefaces include Adobe Garamond, Adobe Jenson, Minion and Utopia, to name just a few. Poetica was the first Adobe Originals script typeface, and was modelled on Italian Renaissance chancery handwriting scripts. It is notable for its huge array of swash characters, ligatures, ornaments and embellishments (although later designs by Slimbach often feature many more glyphs than the Poetica character sets—up to three thousand!).