Kris Holmes

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Kris Holmes
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Kris Holmes
Born 1950
Reedley, California
Nationality American
Known for Graphic design

Kris Holmes (born 1950, Reedley, California) is a typeface designer, a calligrapher and an animator. She is, with Charles Bigelow, the co-creator of the Lucida font family.


At Reed College in Portland, Oregon Holmes studied calligraphy with Calligrapher Laureate of Oregon Lloyd J. Reynolds[1] and modern dance with Judy Massee.[2] In New York, she then continued her education by studying calligraphy and type design with Hermann Zapf and typeface with Ed Benguiat as well as modern dance at the Martha Graham and Alwin Nikolais schools.[3] She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her MFA from UCLA Film School in Animation.

She has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology in both the Graphic Design[4] and the Film Departments, Portland State University, the The Museum Art School (Portland), Rhode Island School of Design, Santa Monica College, and the Otis College of Art and Design.


Recent projects include the design of Lucida Grande, the system font for Apple Computer's OS X Operating System and the creation of the core fonts of the Java 2 language and developer kit for Sun Microsystems. These multilingual fonts cover five scripts, including Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic, and twelve styles, comprising 10,000 characters in all. Other computer platform clients include the Microsoft Corporation, Sun Microsystems’ Solaris division, and Lucent Technologies. Font designs include: Microsoft Wingdings (Windows 95 and 98), Lucida Console (Windows NT), TrueType Chicago, Monaco, Geneva, New York, Apple Chancery, Textile, Capitals (Macintosh OS), Lucida Unicode (Java, Solaris, and Lucent Inferno). Font designs additionally licensed by Adobe Systems, Agfa Corporation, ITC, Hewlett Packard, Linotype Library, and Monotype Typography. As the principal artist at Bigelow & Holmes, responsible for the creation of over 100 digital typefaces, including conception, research, drawing, computer input, digital editing, and production management. Illustrations have appeared in Scientific American, The Seybold Report, Computer Graphics, Fine Print and other publications. Signage design for Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco and Walter Lantz Studio, UCLA. Work included in the permanent collection of the Klingspor Museum, Germany and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

Her screenplay, Vavilov,[5] won a 2002 UCLA Sloan Foundation Student Film Award. She is the creator of the animated film La Bloomba,[6] which was awarded a First Prize in the ChloroFilms 2009 contest.[citation needed]

Kris Holmes is the recipient of the 2012 Frederic W. Goudy Award.[7]

She is President of Bigelow & Holmes Inc., a typeface design studio.

Designed fonts[edit]


  1. ^ "Typography & Dyslexia". Bigelow & Holmes. Retrieved 7 Mar 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kris Holmes". Identifont. Dec 2009. Retrieved 7 Mar 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kris Holmes". Identifont. Retrieved 7 Mar 2015. 
  4. ^ Graphic Design
  5. ^ Vavilov
  6. ^ La Bloomba
  7. ^ 2012 Frederic W. Goudy Award
  • Macmillan, Neil. An A–Z of Type Designers. Yale University Press: 2006. ISBN 0-300-11151-7.
  • Breuer, Gerda, Meer, Julia (ed). Women in Graphic Design Jovis, Berlin: 2012, p. 477. ISBN 978-3-86859-153-8.

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