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The Tim Gunn of type - Alumni Profiles
March 2012 Issue
If you need to know which lipstick works best for writing Neil Summerour can tell you. It’s Revlon’s “Super Lustrous.” A type designer, lettering artist and calligrapher in Athens, Ga., Summerour (BFA ’97) tried out several brands while working on a lingerie ad. “Victoria’s Secret asked for some custom lettering for a code-named ‘bra book’ they were making for their top-tier customers,” he says. “All of the lettering was done by hand, and predominately was made using lipstick.” In addition to Victoria’s Secret, Summerour has created fonts and lettering for such companies as id Software, Panera Bread, ABC, MTV and Sony. In both 2010 and 2011, the Type Director’s Club (which Summerour calls the “Oscar of type design”) awarded him the Certificate of Excellence for two of his fonts, “Fugu” and “Nori.” “I like to get that critical feedback,” Summerour says. “It influences what I do in the future.” Summerour has been lettering and designing type since 2000. Lettering, Summerour explains, …
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