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Old 05-10-2005, 07:12 AM   #1
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Default Sumner Stone on designing type

While poking around on the web, I stumbled across an interesting essay for the AIGA Design Forum by type designer Sumner Stone —
Type Design Influences: Lloyd Reynolds, Hermann Zapf, Jack Stauffacher

It was the mention of Lloyd Reynolds that caught my eye. He taught calligraphy while I was at Reed College, and although I didn’t take the class, calligraphy was pervasive on campus (I went to the only college where the exhortation “Bus your dishes” was written in beautiful chancery cursive), and like almost everyone there at the time, I too had my manuals and flat-nibbed pens.

Reynolds retired in the 1960s, I think. But he has had a major influence on type design in the digital era, as several of his students became important type designers:
  • Sumner Stone: the ITC Stone family, Cycles, Arepo, Silica, the ITC Bodoni project; also first type director for Adobe Systems, overseeing development of Myriad, Minion, Adobe Garamond, and more
  • Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes (Bigelow & Holmes): the huge Lucida family and others
  • Paul Shaw: calligrapher, type critic (for Print magazine), co-designer for LetterPerfect (with Garrett Boge) of the Legacy of Letters collection and other fonts

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