Michael Doret

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Michael Doret
Born New York City, New York, USA
Education The Cooper Union
Awards Eight-time winner of the New York Art Directors Club Silver Award



Michael Doret is an award-winning designer, lettering artist, and illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. He has created logos, album covers, magazine covers and art for major brands in media, advertising and sports including Wreck-It Ralph [1] the New York Knicks, MLB, Time Magazine,[2] Playboy, Wired.[3] TV Guide, Kiss, Capitol Records, Columbia Records, Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Studios.[4] He also designed American Eagle postage[5] for the United States Postal Service. Michael Doret grew up in Brooklyn, NY near Coney Island—the influence of which is permanentlyetched in his work. He graduated from Cooper Union, and went on to start his own design studio in New York. His work revitalized the art of hand-lettering by expanding it into the areas of illustration and graphic design—initially inspiring many imitators, many of whom have moved on to making their own contributions to the art form. He currently runs his studio out of Hollywood, CA, sharing it with wife, illustrator Laura Smith. Michael is an eight time recipient of the NY Art Director's Club Silver Award, and has exhibited work in all the major industry shows and annuals. You're probably familiar with his work with out even knowing it: if you've seen his logo for the NY Knicks or one of his many Time covers then you're familiar with the power and dynamism he has brought to the art of hand-lettering for many years. He's also designed record and CD covers—from Kiss' infamous "Rock and Roll Over" to his Grammy Award nominated design for the Squirrel Nut Zippers. And there are many other works you're sure to have seen including his TV Guide "Fall Preview" cover and the Federal Eagle postage for the United States Postal Service. Now with the opening of his digital font foundry Alphabet Soup he is excited to have added font design to his list of accomplishments.

Biographical info[edit]

Doret grew up in Brooklyn, NY near Coney Island and is a graduate of the Cooper Union in New York City. He began his work by opening a small design studio in New York[6] and eventually moved to Los Angeles where he lives with his wife. Along with his design studio, Doret owns AlphabetSoup Type Founders[7] which distributes his original font designs through Font Bros.,[8] Fontshop,[9] MyFonts[10] and Veer.[11]

Cultural significance[edit]

Five Time Magazine covers by Michael Doret are included in the permanent collection at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.[12] Michael designed the logos for The Graphic Artists Guild,[13] the New York Knicks,[14] and many other notable institutions.[15] He has worked extensively within the music industry including creating two album covers for Kiss, Rock and Roll Over[16] and Sonic Boom.[17]


Doret is an eight-time winner of the New York Art Directors Club Silver Award.[18] His 3D "Bedlam Ballroom" CD package designed for Squirrel Nut Zippers was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Recording Package" at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002.[19] His font "Deliscript" was chosen by the Type Directors Club to receive the prestigious “Certificate of Excellence in Type Design” in the display fonts category for their TDC² 2010 Typeface Design Competition.[20] His serigraph for PowerStation was a Graphis Gold Award winner.[21]


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