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Philip Bouwsma

Philip Bouwsma was born in Boston in 1948 and grew up in Berkeley, California, where his father was a professor of Renaissance and Reformation History. He was given a calligraphy book when he was ten and spent a year in Florence two years later, where he learned Latin and discovered history and art. Bouwsma was originally interested in calligraphy because of its appeal as craft and because it is old; later from copying manuscripts he discovered the unique capacity of the written stroke to record the thought patterns of people from long ago. Only later did he come to see it as art and, ultimately, a new way of seeing the universe.

Bouwsma made his career choice in 1962 during a school A-bomb drill as he held his head under the desk contemplating the destruction of the human race. Considering his options, calligraphy or ancient history, he decided that calligraphy would be way more fun but he wanted a classical education anyway. He spent his teens learning Latin and Greek, making things (catapaults, a harpsichord), playing bass in rock bands and doing calligraphy. He quit graduate school and rock 'n roll in 1971 to follow his calling and has no regrets.

In 1975 Bouwsma went to New York where he freelanced in the publishing and advertising fields and joined the Society of Scribes. Not a city boy, he moved in 1978 to rural Connecticut. Out in the country, free of linear perspective and commercial deadlines, his alphabets became abstract and three-dimensional; an imagery based on calligraphic forms emerged which he applied to abstract painting, sculpture and jewelry. During the nineties he created numerous fonts based on broad pen calligraphy, many of them from historic scripts, and designed custom fonts for clients including Canadian Club, CosmoGirl Magazine, and The Greenwich Workshop.

Bouwsma is now living in the redwoods in Northern California with his wife Hildy and daughter Ann. He has recently agreed with Canada Type to produce calligraphic fonts, beginning with Torquemada. He describes his current vision of letters as "the pure moving calligraphic stroke, not the pen-and-ink rendition or the bézier outlines, but the actual stroke, device-independent, tracing its path with a musical sound through space, where I can grasp and shape it like a sculpture." Bouwsma is very optimistic about the future of calligraphy in the computer age; just as the printing press forced Renaissance scribes to become artists, the computer both challenges and empowers calligraphers to create anything they can imagine.

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33 font families by Philip Bouwsma

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Luminari™

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1 font from $24.95
Luminari™ Luminari™

Southwest Borders™

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1 font from $54.00
Southwest Borders™ Southwest Borders™

Styx™

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4 fonts from $24.95
Styx™ Styx™

Bouwsma Text™

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8 fonts from $24.95
Bouwsma Text™ Bouwsma Text™

Tupelo™

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6 fonts from $24.95
Tupelo™ Tupelo™

Mariposa Sans™

by ITC
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10 fonts from $54.00
Mariposa Sans™ Mariposa Sans™

Bouwsma Script™

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1 font from $24.95
Bouwsma Script™ Bouwsma Script™

Lorenzo™

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12 fonts from $24.95
Lorenzo™ Lorenzo™

Tresillian Script™

by ITC
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6 fonts from $54.00
Tresillian Script™ Tresillian Script™

Wolftrack

by ITC
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2 fonts from $54.00
Wolftrack Wolftrack

Alexia™

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10 fonts from $24.95
Alexia™ Alexia™

Torquemada

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6 fonts from $24.95
Torquemada Torquemada

Pompeii

by ITC
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1 font from $29.00
Pompeii Pompeii

Bollatica

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1 font from $29.00
Bollatica Bollatica

Van Der Hoef Capitals

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1 font from $29.00
Van Der Hoef Capitals Van Der Hoef Capitals

Synthetica™

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4 fonts from $54.00
Synthetica™ Synthetica™

Schildersblad Capitals

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1 font from $29.00
Schildersblad Capitals Schildersblad Capitals

Makondo

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1 font from $29.00
Makondo Makondo

Benedict Uncial™

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1 font from $29.00
Benedict Uncial™ Benedict Uncial™

Cresci Rotunda™

by ITC
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2 fonts from $29.00
Cresci Rotunda™ Cresci Rotunda™

Corvallis Sans

by ITC
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4 fonts from $54.00
Corvallis Sans Corvallis Sans

Corvallis

by ITC
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4 fonts from $54.00
Corvallis Corvallis

Mariposa™

by ITC
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10 fonts from $54.00
Mariposa™ Mariposa™

Mantegna

by ITC
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2 fonts from $29.00
Mantegna Mantegna

Tresillian Roman™

by ITC
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6 fonts from $29.00
Tresillian Roman™ Tresillian Roman™

Carmela

by ITC
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2 fonts from $29.00
Carmela Carmela

Southwest Ornaments™

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1 font from $29.00
Southwest Ornaments™ Southwest Ornaments™

Testament™

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9 fonts from $24.95
Testament™ Testament™

Mirabel™

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5 fonts from $24.95
Mirabel™ Mirabel™

Maestro™

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42 fonts from $24.95
Maestro™ Maestro™

Symposium Pro™

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4 fonts from $49.95
Symposium Pro™ Symposium Pro™

Aqua Life™

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1 font from $29.00
Aqua Life™ Aqua Life™

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1 font
Clemente Rotunda Clemente Rotunda

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