After a long career working with brides and wedding planners as a lettering artist, Debi Sementelli made the leap into the font design world. “I saw the need for another option to original hand lettering,” she said. “So I partnered with Brian Bonislawsky and formed our joint foundry, Correspondence Ink.”
The duo saw success with their first two fonts, Belluccia (which spent an impressive 26 months on the Best Sellers list) and Dom Loves Mary–so much success in fact, that Debi was inspired to venture out on her own.
In the summer of 2013, the Dallas-based designer debuted Cantoni, the first typeface for her self-titled foundry, The Debi Sementelli Type Foundry.
Remaining true to her first love, each of her fonts is hand lettered. “I always start at my light table with paper, ink and a pen,” she says. “I do about 100 sheets of lettering to create several sets of alphabets, both upper and lower case, as well as tons of alternate letters.”
Debi says that she creates her typefaces with invitation designers in mind. Perhaps it is her 25 years of experience and insight into the niche that she has to thank for each one of her fonts being featured in our Rising Stars newsletters, Hot New Fonts, and Best Sellers list.