About Neil Summerour
Photo Credits
Heather Maynard

a brief history in time
Neil Summerour is a type designer, lettering artist, calligrapher and designer based in Georgia, USA with one foot in Takamatsu, Japan. After graduating from The University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art with a BFA in Graphic Design, he soon found himself opening his own studio to deal with the flow of freelance work. This evolved into a 10-year dance in the design, web and advertising world allowing him to work with clients large and small—each time producing and developing unique creative solutions. His desire to not do the 'same-old, same-old' continues today. During this time, Neil opened his personal type foundry, Positype, in 2000 to feed his ever-growing desire for type design (something of which, oddly, he considered a hobby to keep him busy late at night). He later co-founded TypeTrust (2002) with Silas Dilworth as his addiction to type and lettering grew. All the while, Neil has continued his commitment to education and fostering young talent as an adjunct art professor at The University of Georgia in graphic design and teaching graphic design at the Governor's School for the Arts. His work spans across media types and centers on problem solving and communicating graphically (with an obvious emphasis on type and lettering)—and it's this balance of educator, designer, and entrepreneur that allows him to bring a unique and practical insight to solving a client's communication needs, regardless of the medium.

moving on...
Neil finally realized a long-standing dream by finally admitting his addiction to type and lettering design, 'broke the surly bonds of earth', by admitting that type design was not a hobby. As a result, he has begun to commit fully his time and creative energies to type design, calligraphy and the lettering arts—while enjoying being a dad and a husband.

it's all about the type
As a typeface designer, he has published over 60 typeface families (that's over 500 fonts) and produced numerous custom typefaces for clients worldwide. You cannot watch TV, go online, or shop in your local grocery store without possibly seeing one of his fonts being used. Neil's fonts are released through such well-known distributors like TypeTrust, MyFonts, Veer, Fontshop, T26, and YouWorkForThem.

name dropping...
Victoria's Secret, PINK, id Software, Discovery Channels, Panera, Qdero Pateo, ABC, MTV, TLC, HP, G4TV (that's enough acronyms), Sony/Tristar, The American Music Awards all sit on his client list.

in print
Communication Arts, HOW Magazine, PAGE, Creative Review, Art4D, CreateOnline, Creative Arts are some of the recent publications with his work in it.

Typography 31: The Annual of the Type Directors Club, TypoLyrics, Typodarium 2011, IndieFonts2 and IndieFonts3 are some of the books he has appeared in.

recent accolades
• TDC2 2011, Type Directors Club Certificate of Excellence in Type Design
• Communication Arts, Typography Annual 1 Type Design
• FontShop, Best Selling Typefaces of 2010 Magneta
• TDC2 2010, Type Directors Club Certificate of Excellence in Type Design



FOUNDED POSITYPE IN
2000
STUDIED UNDER
Ron Arnholm
Ken Williams
SIGN/BLOOD TYPE
Scorpio/B+
SCARED OF
Clowns and undercooked chicken
LOCALIZATION
Born in Terciera, Azores, Portugal but lives in United States and counting down before retirement in Japan.
DOES HE TAKE HIMSELF SERIOUSLY?
Nope...
haven't you figured that out?
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