Brian is the principal designer for Altered Ego Fonts, (formerly known as Sooy Type Foundry, or STF), offering custom typeface design for commissions and licensing. Traveling the state of Ohio (motto: “Just fine, thanks”), the US and the world, Brian has studied internationally with calligraphers and type designers such as American Greetings lettering artist extraordinaire John Hogan, Jovica Veljovic, Timothy Botts, Thomas Ingmire and Gottfried Pott. His influences include Paul Rand, Hermann Zapf and Tim Girvin. A love and study of calligraphy are at the heart of his typographic efforts. Brian received a BFA in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University. His informal education continues as he learns on the streets, from books, other people, or on-line, although not necessarily in that order. He is also active in well-known international arts, design, calligraphic and type design circles. He is a member of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), ATypI, (Association Typographique Internationale), CIVA (Christians In the Visual Arts), and The Type Directors Club.
Brian is also the Creative Director of Brian Sooy & Co., a marketing design firm that specializes in converging print and interactive media. Located in Elyria, Ohio, he and his staff of four work with a diverse list of clients. Altered Ego Fonts includes Multiple Master fonts, text, dingbat and display faces in Postscript and TrueType formats. Brian Sooy has created the first complete roman and italic third-party Multiple Master text family, VeritasMM. Altered Ego Fonts offers a unique and ongoing Eclectic Collection, a series of useful and whimsical dingbat fonts. STF fonts are also licensed by Adobe (VerveMM), ITC (ITC Coventry and Garage Fonts (Benderhead). When not pursuing design, Brian has interests in Vespa scooters and music. He plays electric bass and violin with worship team at his church, and he owns an extensive CD collection.