Richard Lipton grew up in New York City and studied art and design upstate at Harpur College where he was introduced to the magic of calligraphy. He continued his lettering journey in 1974 as a freelance calligrapher, signpainter and graphic designer and eventually established a calligraphy studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1983, Lipton began working for Bitstream, a digital type foundry and helped to make Bitstream’s type library one of the most respected in the industry. In his tenure as senior designer, Lipton developed two original type families:Arrus and Cataneo (with Jacqueline Sakwa). In 1991, Lipton created an independent type and calligraphy studio and designed many original typefaces including Bickham Script Pro for Adobe and Sloop for Font Bureau. Currently he is a full-time type designer at Font Bureau where he develops original typefaces and customised fonts for international clients.