Steven is a calligrapher, typographer and design theorist. He attended two of Hermann Zapf’s RIT masterclasses and has conducted workshops for calligraphers in many countries. His font Rieven Uncial was awarded the Certificate of Merit in 2010 from the TDC.
Maxular was initially designed for people with macular degeneration and was proven in clinical trials to be the most readable typeface in small sizes. His scholarship in visual semiotics resulted in FireSigns: A Semiotic Theory for Graphic Design published by MIT Press in 2017. He is also author of Logos: The Development of Visual Symbols (1994).
Steven lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is head of the graphic design program at the University of Louisville.