Laura Worthington is a typeface designer from Washington State. After training and working as a graphic designer since the mid ‘90s, she turned her lifelong fascination with lettering and typography into a business, publishing her first typeface in 2010.
She has since published more than 70 typefaces, and designed custom faces for Fortune 500 companies. Laura’s faces are primarily based on her own hand-lettering and calligraphy, a practice she continues to hone daily.
Though her designs are often infused with the sense of a milieu or era, her type designs are not historical revivals, but updated interpretations with a modern sensibility. Laura pioneered the practice of producing families of different display styles that work together to evoke a particular aesthetic — such as Charcuterie, which features ten distinctive faces inspired by artisanal French food packaging. Her typefaces are primarily for display, and often include a broad variety of ornaments, contextual alternates, and swash forms. She handles every aspect of a font’s creation, from concept and hand-lettering to digitization.
Three of Laura’s type designs have received awards of excellence by Communication Arts, and Typographica and MyFonts have featured her faces in their “best of the year” lists. Her work has been featured in
- Communication Arts
- Letter Arts Review
- Computer Arts,
- ...And many other publications. Her faces are available through online distributors.
Laura was an adjunct instructor in the visual communications program at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington for five years. She has given workshops at TypeCon and Type Camp, and spoken at Adobe Creative Jam, Adobe Max, and The School of Visual Concepts. But nothing makes her happier than spending her days with her pen or brush on paper, sketching and refining new type ideas, with her dogs at her feet, surrounded by the trees.