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Charles Bigelow, (1945–)

Goudy Award Winner 19, 1987

Charles Bigelow is Associate Professor of Digital Typography at Stanford University, in the departments of Computer Science and Art. He is additionally a partner in the design studio of Bigelow and Holmes. His typeface designs, made in collaboration with Kris Holmes, include Lucida, an extended family of serif, sans-serif, Greek, scientific, and linguistic alphabets originally designed for laser printing and recently adopted by Scientific American; Pellucida, a related font family used on computer screens, including artificial intelligence workstations; Leviathan, titling initials designed for the Arion Press handset, letterpress edition of Moby Dick; and phonetic designs for the typography of native American languages

A former Associate Editor of Fine Print, and currently a columnist for Publish!, Professor Bigelow has written articles on typography and type design for Scientific American, Byte, The Seybold Report, Visible Language, Gutenberg Jahrbuch, Typografische Monatsblaetter, and Technique et Science Informatiques. Past-president of the Committee on Letterform Research &; Education of ATI (Association Typographique Internationale), he organized the influential international seminar on "The Computer and the Hand in Type Design" at Stanford in 1983.

His honors and awards include a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in 1982, and inclusion in Esquire magazine's 1984 register of "The Best of the New Generation: Men and Women Under Forty who Are Changing America." A graduate of Reed College in Oregon, he there learned calligraphy from Lloyd Reynolds and later studied typography with Jack Stauffacher in San Francisco. A native of Michigan, his interest in typography stems from early experience as a high-school writer and editor at Cranbrook school, where he received the National Council of Teachers of English Award and the Detroit News Scholastic Writing Award Grand Prize in 1963. He is the author of two books of poetry, A Martian Passport, and The Crow Captain's Song.