of today’s most versatile and respected lettering designers,Julian Waters
is equally at home with pen, brush and computer.His parents, Sheila and
Peter Waters have been major figures in their respective fields of calligraphy
and library conservation for the last forty years.
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.He is on the Advisory
Board of the Center for Typeface Studies at RIT.
For several years
he combined the disciplines of calligraphy and digital design in
“Letterform Design”, a core class for 2nd year Graphic Design students
at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC.
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. Recent
logos include Amtrak Vacations, Pfizer 150, Visaphone and MCI WorldPhone.
Recent diverse projects include custom lettering design workfor Barry Moser's
acclaimed limited edition Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, including raised gold
leaf work on 50 special copies.
Waters was a typographic
advisor to Maya Lin during the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
in Washington DC. He was the typographic designer for the new Women in
Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington Cemetery. In 1997 Adobe
Systems released his new Multiple Master typeface, Waters Titling. View
He has also done
custom corporate alphabet design, including a recent corporate font
for Host Marriott Services.
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
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.