Expression in Form, Rhythm, & Movement with
John Stevens

Lecture I gave at Type@Cooper and NY Society of Scribes. This lecture took place on November 16, 2015 at The Cooper Union as part of Type@Cooper’s Herb Lubalin Lecture Series and was recorded and archived thanks to generous sponsorship by Hoefler & Co.

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The Instagram/BBC video

Story about Calligraphy & Instagram (congrats to Seb Lester and Ian Barnard as well) and mostly thank you to my IG friends for following me for and being interested in letterforming & design.

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Blogpost by Lauren Capp about Cheerio Calligraphy Retreat, October 2014
“For years, I have heard whispers of a place where calligraphers go. A retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina where the view is spectacular, the people amazingly kind, and the meals magnificent. It has all sounded far too good to be true, but…” read more
js-slate Radio interview by Bethany Chafin on WFDD
The Modern Scribe: John Stevens and the Art of Letterforming

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pog Kurt Schwitters Ursonate Project: This is my Béhance page about a brush-lettering wall project I recently completed. Large, hybrid writing on wall with acrylic paint. Click here.
Letter cutting in stone for signage, memorials, quotations. This is not your average folksy wood carving, rather a refined, highly developed approach to lettering in wood & stone. The height of this approach to lettering was probably reached in Europe between the period from WWI to WWII. There are a few highly skilled practitioners here in the US, but we are seeing less and less of this type of work. We (Martin O’Brien & John ) feature it because we believe in it. Sandblasting is to fine letter carving what fast food is to gourmet dining. Check out this gallery for examples.
StevensTitling-A4 Typeface Design: Stevens Titling is a Roman letterform written with a brush. The brushmarks are visible in varying degrees. Stevens Titling is a collaboration between John Stevens & Ryuichi Tateno of Japan.This type is unique in that instead of 4 weights, you have 4 weights of brushy-ness. Available from Linotype Corporation.
T-shirt design is a kind of side-item. JSD has designed many shirts with a mostly calligraphic theme of some kind. The majority of them can be bought at John Neal Books. But the newest “3 chords and the truth” can be purchased at The B-string Guitar Shop here in WS, NC.
My FB page. I have just started this page in August 2012. I am working out what this page needs to be, but I will be posting and updating on a regular basis. So, if you are on FB, have a look.
johnstevensalphabet What’s on the 6th floor? SFPL’s San Francisco History Center / Book Arts & Special Collections Blog ( I recently discovered this nice mention, but more importantly, everyone interested in letters should know about the collection. Susie Taylor was a very influential curator and has nurtured this collection to be one of the best.
smallbriem Briem’s Letterform Report 2012 : A wonderful collection of articles and artwork using letter forms from an international collection of artists working in a variety of media.