About Lipton Letter DesignExquisite Lettering for 40 years
Richard Lipton is a senior designer at Font Bureau developing original typefaces as well as custom font designs for international clients.
He began his lettering journey while studying art and design in college where he was introduced to the magic of calligraphy. Essentially self-taught, Lipton continued his calligraphic studies independently and upon graduating in 1974 he freelanced as a calligrapher, sign painter, and graphic designer eventually establishing a studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1983, Lipton joined Bitstream, an innovative digital type foundry under the guidance of Mike Parker and Matthew Carter and helped to make Bitstream’s retail library one of the most respected in the industry. In his tenure as a senior designer, Lipton developed two original type families: Arrus, and Cataneo (in collaboration with Jacqueline Sakwa). After leaving Bitstream in 1991, Lipton once again created an independent lettering studio and designed many original typefaces including Bickham Script Pro for Adobe and Sloop for Font Bureau. Lipton is currently on the faculty at RISD where he teaches both type design and calligraphy. He is also a founding partner of Type Network.
Richard Lipton has been designing letterforms for more than 40 years. His background as a professional calligrapher has always guided his work as a type designer. Despite the somewhat strict parameters within the discipline of type design, he feels there are no creative limits to the craft of letter-making.
Born in New York City, Lipton was raised as a typical postwar baby boomer urban American kid. As he came of age in the late 1960s, he found himself fully participating in the prevalent countercultural anarchy of protest, drugs and rock & roll. Eventually, becoming somewhat tired and wary of New York City’s inner workings, he longed to escape the social chaos and political turmoil that surrounded him. Attending college in peaceful upstate New York provided that chance.
As a studio art major at Harpur College, Lipton was searching for an expressive medium when a design professor dazzled him with a simple but dramatic piece of calligraphy and his fate was sealed. After earning a BA in Design and Photography, Lipton became increasingly interested in type design through his lettering work as a calligrapher, sign painter and graphic designer. He continues to explore the endless nuance of giving expression to our alphabet.