Stephen Coles

Type selection

Stephen’s obsession with type and lettering wreaks havoc in his daily life where he is routinely tripped by fire hydrants while admiring vintage signs. Fortunately, his freakishness found a home at FontShop where he served as Type Director from 2004-2010. A specialist in typeface selection, Stephen is now a writer and typographic consultant, doing work for a variety of foundries and design studios. He publishes the blogs Typographica and The Mid-Century Modernist.

"At Type Camp, students and teachers live, eat, work, and learn together. This is a big deal. There is no better way to grow creatively than to do it with others in a shared experience of community and trust. At its best, school can be this way, but Type Camp has a unique intensity. There is nothing else like it."


Bread. Thai mango and sticky rice. Dairy in nearly any physical state, liquid (cream) or solid (cheese). If there was a dairy gas, I'd breathe that.


On my desk now is Sofie Beier's "Reading Letters: designing for legibility". It's an excellent overview of the variety of decisions a typeface designer can make, and how those decisions affect performance. The book isn't just for font makers -- it's really interesting and useful for type users too.


Coffee: 90% espresso, 5% cream, 5% sugar.


The Daily Show, daily. The Judge John Hodgman Podcast, weekly.


My optimal year: spring in Berlin, summer in Stockholm, autumn in the Rocky Mountains, and winter in San Francisco. Mission nearly accomplished this year!


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Letters on signs:
Letters on cars:
Letters on everything:
Not letters, just modernism:


Flo the cat.


Type: Type Spotter
Personal: Bird Spotter

when not at type camp

bird-watching, modernism-admiring, digital-collecting