Mark Simonson

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Mark Simonson in 2010

Mark Simonson (born 1955) is an American independent font designer who works in St. Paul, Minnesota.[1][2][3][4][5]

Simonson has described his fonts as often being inspired by lettering styles of the past, such as the graphic design of the 1970s and Art Deco graphics.[6][7][8] Simonson’s most popular font is Proxima Nova (1994, revised 2005), a geometric-grotesque sans-serif design used by companies such as BuzzFeed, Mashable, NBC, Wired and Mic.[9][10] As of June 2016, it is the second highest-selling family on font sales website MyFonts.[11]

Simonson worked as a graphic designer before specialising in font design.[12][13] He has credited his career as a font designer to his partner Pat winning money on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, as her success allowed him to take six months off from graphic design work to develop a library of fonts that he could sell.[6][7] He has also written blog articles on the history of type design and the lettering styles used in films.[14][15]


  1. ^ Hutchinson, Grant. "Q & A: Mark Simonson". Typedia.
  2. ^ O'Driscoll, Conor. "One Minute with Mark Simonson". Oneminutewith. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Interview: Mark Simonson". Planet Typography. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Interview: Mark Simonson". Eurekaville. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ Morlighem, Sébastien. "Mark Simonson Studio: Breathing New Life into the Past". FontStand. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b Sorkin, Eben. "Creative Characters: Mark Simonson". MyFonts. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Mark Simonson interview". LetterCult. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Metallophile". Geotypographika. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  9. ^ Vo, Tri Branch. "Why Proxima Nova is Everywhere". Medium. Mic. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  10. ^ Friedman, Granr. "Interview with Type Designer Mark Simonson". ArtBistro.
  11. ^ "Bestsellers". MyFonts (archived). Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  12. ^ "How to design a typeface: Mark Simonson's process". Adobe Systems. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  13. ^ "My Minnesota: Mark Simonson". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Good Film, Shame About the Helvetica". New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Arial Mon Amour". New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2016.

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