Steve has over 20 years experience as a type designer and artist. Before becoming one of the founders of Galápagos Design Group in 1994, Steve honed his type design skills at Compugraphic Corporation, and later as a member of the senior design staff at Bitstream, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During his ten years at Bitstream, Steve was a primary contributor to the evolution of one of the world's most prestigious digital type libraries.
Steve holds a certificate in Fine Art, as well as one in Commercial Art, both from the Monserratt School of Art. He also studied film animation at the Carpenter Center.
Steve's interest in illustrations and cartoons is reflected
in some of his original type designs, which include the cartoon
lettering font ITC Fontoon,
the whimsical ITC Fontoonies,
ITC Gargoonies, and
ITC Backyard Beatsties
(and ITC Toonies Family
which is a collection of all four fonts). Steve is also the designer
of the controversial Safefont
GD, as well as the more traditional typefaces Tangient
GD and Wakefield GD.
Without a doubt, Steve's professional cachet ranges from the dark and disturbing to the light and lucid.
Occasionally Steve stares at type a little too long and his eyes start buggin'...
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Illustration by Steve Zafarana