Sumner Stone

Sumner Stone studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. His background includes training and experience as a mathematician, type designer, calligrapher, graphic designer, and teacher. He has taught lettering and typography at several institutions, and has lectured and written widely on these subjects.

From 1984 to 1989 Mr. Stone was Director of Typography for Adobe Systems, Inc., Mountain View, California where he conceived and implemented Adobe’s typographic program including the Adobe Originals.

Sumner Stone

Sumner Stone


In 1990 he founded the Stone Type Foundry Inc. in Guinda, California, which designs and produces new typefaces and creates custom designs for a diverse range of clients including Mobil, General Motors, Stanford University, and the San Francisco Public Library.

Sumner Stone


Sumner Stone is the designer of the ITC Stone, Stone Print, Silica, Arepo, Cycles, and Basalt typeface families. He was the art director and one of the designers of the prize-winning ITC Bodoni. Scripps College commissioned his revival of Scripps College Old Style, originally designed by Frederic Goudy. He is the author of On Stone: The Art and Use of Typography on the Personal Computer.

2017 History of Graphic Design

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