Seb Lester

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Sebastian "Seb" Lester (born 1972 in London[1]) is a London-based type designer, typographic illustrator and artist. Lester is notable for prominent type designs, book cover designs and calligraphic prints.

Lester is notable for his 2009–2010 redesigns for Penguin imprint Hamish Hamilton of four covers of J. D. Salinger books, including The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey. [2] Lester's design process is recorded in a February 11, 2010 Creative Review blog article. [3] Lester is notable for his design of the official font, Neo Sans, of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics [4]. A customized version of Neo is also used by Intel. [5] Lester also helped develop the mastheads for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph in the UK and the Waitrose corporate typeface. [6] Lester designed the September 28, 2009 cover of Business Week [7]

Lester studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins in London, graduating in 1997 [8]. In addition to type design, Lester is famous for his prints, many of which are characterized by words built up of rich, dense calligraphic strokes and flourishes. [9]


  • Zoroaster, for T.26 Foundry
  • Cuban, for T.26 Foundry
  • Equipoize, for T.26 Foundry
  • Neo Sans and Neo Tech, for Monotype Imaging
  • Scene, released in 2002 by Monotype Imaging
  • Soho, for Monotype Imaging


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External links[edit]

  • Biography of Sebastian Lester at Monotype Imaging [10]
  • Interview with Seb Lester at I Love Typography [11]
  • ‘Dreams’, ‘Stars’ & ‘So Much To Do’ — 3 new limited edition prints by Seb Lester. Article at I Love Typography [12]
  • Blazing — A new limited edition print by Seb Lester. Article at I Love Typography [13]