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Alphabetica Gallery
Company Description: Alphabetica is pleased to announce a new series of American Classics. Featured are a series of nursery rhymes.

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  • annual master class
    Rochester Institute of Technology
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Alphabetica Artist: Julian Waters, 8 May 2014 [cached]
Julian Waters Alphabetica Artist: Julian Waters
Julian Waters Julian Waters is a designer and calligrapher living near Washington D.C. In 1989 he succeeded Hermann Zapf in teaching annual lettering workshops at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been a juror for several international exhibitions and annuals and has taught and lectured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic. He teaches a course for graphic design students at the Corcoran School of Art.
Julian's award winning work involves logos, posters, books and magazines. His clients include National Geographic and the U.S. Postal Service. Apart from doing pen and brush lettering, Julian uses the Macintosh for design work and is a typographic advisor to Adobe systems.
Classes & Faculty, 12 Mar 2013 [cached]
Julian Waters
Julian Waters
- Julian Waters - The renowned lettering artist and typography designer and long-time member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild discusses "Discipline and Freedom."
Confluence 2004 - Calligraphy Conference, 24 July 2004 [cached]
Julian Waters, "Roman Capital Textures" (2-1/2 day class) and "Formal
Julian Waters
Artwork by Julian WatersBritish-born lettering artist Julian Waters was first taught by his parents, Sheila and Peter Waters, both internationally acclaimed in the fields of calligraphy and library conservation.Over the past 25 years Julian has taught and lectured widely on three continents.During the 1990s he was professor of typography and lettering at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.
Julian,s corporate clients include Adobe Systems (,Waters Titling Pro,), National Geographic, and the U.S. Postal Service, for whom he designed lettering for books, posters, the ,Bill of Rights, stamp, ,Love, envelopes and ,Legends of American Music, series.He was a typographic consultant to Maya Lin and the Vietnam Memorial, and lettering designer for the Women,s Memorial in Arlington Cemetery.
His manuscript commissions include a 100-page handmade Book of Donors for the National Gallery of Art.Besides one-man exhibitions in Washington, Norway and Iceland, Julian was one of 14 designers invited to participate in the seminal ,Zapfest, exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library (2002).In 2003, the Washington Calligraphers Guild published ,Work by Julian Waters,from Sketches to Final Art., His website is
Julian Waters
Betty Locke Painting Flowers, 15 June 2013 [cached]
Previous post: Julian Waters, Calligrapher, Capital Edition Classic -
BIO, 16 Dec 2010 [cached]
One of today's most versatile and respected lettering designers,Julian Waters is equally at home with pen, brush and computer.
In 1979 Julian began extensive studies with the legendary German type designer Hermann Zapf.
In 1984 Zapf asked the 27 year old Julian to substitute and teach his two-week masterclass at Rochester Institute of Technology and in 1989 Waters succeeded Zapf in teaching the annual course.
In 1981 Waters went to work with Gerard Valerio at Bookmark Studio in Washington DC, specializing in logo and publication design.
In 1984 Waters opened his own studio in Capitol Hill and later moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Waters' work includes logos, posters, CD packaging, titling for books and publications. He works with design studios, publishers and ad agencies on projects which may be enhanced by the warmth and refinement of calligraphy and hand lettering.
Among his many clients are the U.S. Postal Service , for which he has produced lettering for books, posters and stamps, including "Bill of Rights" stamp and "Love" envelope and the multi-year, multi-sheet "Legends of American Music" series. Julian has produced distinctive titling lettering for National Geographic Magazine on and off for 20 years. He is the only 20th century lettering designer to have been featured in a "Behind the Scenes" full page photo profile in the Magazine (late 1999).
Julian's work is represented in many books on calligraphy and type, and he has received awards for the Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, Print Magazine, Letter Arts Review Annual (four years in a row Waters had the most entries accepted in that annual).
He has been featured on television in the U.S. and abroad, including the Emmy Award-winning segment entitled "Man of Letters", on a Sunday morning magazine show.
Waters was a typographic advisor to Maya Lin during the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
Waters has been a juror for several international design and calligraphy exhibitions and annuals and has been invited to teach and lecture widely in the U.S., Canada, England, Europe, Hong Kong and Japan. Recently he was a featured speaker at the Society for Environmental Graphic Design Conference, Washington DC.
He has participated in many international exhibitions and has had one-man shows in Washington DC, Norway and Iceland. In 1997, a major exhibition of his work was shown at the Sidwell Friends School, including more than 80 works.
Julian was honored as the 1997 Rubenstein Memorial Guest Artist.Previous guest artists have included Fritz Eichenberg, Sam Gilliam and Leonard Baskin.
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