Stephen Michael Boss
Fascinated by typography from childhood, Stephen was fortunate to have Richard Isbell as his type instructor at CCS, Detroit. Boss founded Emboss Fonts in 1995. In 2016, taught an intensive type design course at Denmark’s Design Skolen Kolding. His work was exhibited in Seybold’s New Type Gallery and was featured in Japan’s Timing Zero. He coauthored The New Web Typography, and is writing on the history of type. Boss is named in the designer database in the Klingspor Museum, DE.
BiographyAlways fascinated by typography, Stephen Boss began making letterforms as a child, using pencils, brushes and calligraphy pens; next, a mouse and Bézier points; and now a mixture of media.
While studying at the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, in the days of hand rendering type, Stephen was fortunate to have Richard Isbell as his type instructor.
Interested in developing typefaces with a unique vernacular, Stephen started Emboss Fonts in 1995. He recently taught an intensive class in type design at Denmark’s Design Skolen Kolding, coauthored the upcoming book “The New Web Typography” which is due out in August 2016, and has another book in queue covering the history of our present alphabet.
In the past, he has consulted on type projects for Fairchild, JP Morgan Chase, Bumble & bumble and Osh Kosh.
His work was exhibited in Seybold's New Type Gallery, a show which travelled from NYC to ATypI in England, the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, and finally to Harvard where it is archived. His work was featured in Japan's Timing Zero, Publish Magazine, and Mass HiTech. He is in the Designer database in the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach, Germany.
Stephen recently moved to North Adams, Massachusetts a city in the Berkshires.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Typography, Type Design, Graphic Communications
Poésie Graphique, gardening, and bird watching.