Stephen Rapp began studying calligraphy and lettering in the late 1980’s. In 1997 he was a recipient
of the Hermann Zapf Scholarship Award and shortly after became a lettering artist for Current Greetings.
In the summer of 2000 Stephen moved to Ohio to work as a lettering artist and type designer for
American Greetings and in 2010 left to start his own studio. Stephen’s work has been exhibited in a variety of publications including Letter Arts Review, Bound & Lettered, Scripsit, Modern Mark Making, Communication Arts, and Hand 2 Type.
He teaches classes and workshops on calligraphy and lettering and has served as faculty member for both International Lettering Arts Conferences and Typecon. In addition to his lettering and calligraphy work, Stephen designs commercially available fonts. His type designs have garnered numerous awards including: Typographica’s “Best of 2008”; Type Directors Club “Excellence in Type Design Award” for 2009; and most recently inclusion in Communication Arts Typography Annual2. In addition to commercial fonts and lettering, Stephen also does a great deal of custom font design.