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Kris Holmes : biography

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Kris Holmes (b. 1950, Reedley, California) is a calligrapher who has worked on many typeface designs, some of which have been direct adaptations of her calligraphy. She is with Charles Bigelow the co-creator of the Lucida font family.

Designed fonts

  • Lucida Grande
  • Lucida Sans
  • Lucida Console
  • Lucida Bright
  • Lucida Handwriting
  • Lucida Calligraphy
  • Lucida Casual
  • Apple
    • New York
    • Monaco
    • Geneva
    • Chancery
    • Textile
  • Kolibri
  • Leviathan
  • Isadora


Recent projects include the design of Lucida Grande, the system font for Apple Computer's OS X Operating System and the creation of the core fonts of the Java 2 language and developer kit for Sun Microsystems. These multilingual fonts cover five scripts, including Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic, and twelve styles, comprising 10,000 characters in all. Other computer platform clients include the Microsoft Corporation, Sun Microsystems’ Solaris division, and Lucent Technologies. Font designs include: Microsoft Wingdings (Windows 95 and 98), Lucida Console (Windows NT), TrueType Chicago, Monaco, Geneva, New York, Apple Chancery, Textile, Capitals (Macintosh OS), Lucida Unicode (Java, Solaris, and Lucent Inferno). Font designs additionally licensed by Adobe Systems, Agfa Corporation, ITC, Hewlett Packard, Linotype Library, and Monotype Typography. As the principal artist at Bigelow & Holmes, responsible for the creation of over 100 digital typefaces, including conception, research, drawing, computer input, digital editing, and production management. Illustrations have appeared in Scientific American, The Seybold Report, Computer Graphics, Fine Print and other publications. Signage design for Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco and Walter Lantz Studio, UCLA. Work included in the permanent collection of the Klingspor Museum, Germany and the Melville B. Carey Library.

Her screenplay, Vavilov, won a 2002 UCLA Sloan Foundation Student Film Award. She is the creator of the animated film La Bloomba, which was awarded a First Prize in the ChloroFilms 2009 contest.

Kris Holmes is the recipient of the 2012 Frederic W. Goudy Award.

She is President of Bigelow & Holmes Inc., a typeface design studio.


She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her MFA from UCLA Film School in Animation. She has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology in both the Graphic Design and the Film Departments, Portland State University, the The Museum Art School (Portland), Rhode Island School of Design, Santa Monica College, and the Otis College of Art and Design.

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