Molly Suber Thorpe is a graphic designer, calligrapher, teacher, and author. She is credited as a driving force behind the modern calligraphy movement and achieved renown for her book, Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013). Since its release, Modern Calligraphy has sold over 30,000 copies, been translated into Chinese and Spanish, and was named one of Amazon's "Favorite Craft Books" of 2013.
Molly graduated from UCLA's Design Communication Arts program in 2009 with a concentration in typography and layout design. Prior to that, Molly studied art history, comparative literature, and creative writing at The American University of Paris. It was her experience as editor-in-chief and layout designer of the school’s bilingual arts and literary magazine, Paris/Atlantic, that sparked Molly’s interest in graphic design.
In 2016 Molly founded Calligrafile.com, a curated database of resource links and products for calligraphers, hand lettering artists, type enthusiasts, and creative freelancers.
After spending nearly a decade in Los Angeles, Molly currently lives in Athens, Greece. She works with clients all over the world, from New York to Paris, Cape Town to Taipei. A true Francophile, Molly is fluent in French and looks forward to the day she might once again live in Paris.
Los Angeles Times
Modernizing her Ps and Qs: Calligrapher Molly Suber Thorpe
The Wall Street Journal
Pens for Better Penmanship
Worth Its Weight in Paper
20 Thoughtful Gifts For The Bookworm In Your Life
The Calligraphy Issue (No. 23)
Bound & Lettered
A Personal Pointed Pen Style
DIY Save the Date by Molly Suber Thorpe
Artist Shares Passion for Art of Calligraphy
English (native) • French (fluent) • Greek (proficient)
CLIENTS OF NOTE
Google Cultural Institute
Martha Stewart Weddings
Victorio & Lucchino
Tv Only International
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
University of California, Los Angeles
Design Communication Arts
Los Angeles, California
Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
The American University of Paris
Art History, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
AIGA (Re)design Award for Cultural Responsibility
First in three categories in collaboration with Softfirm Studio; 2011
Modern Calligraphy named an Amazon.com "Favorite Craft Book," 2013
Founder of Calligrafile.com, the first resource of its kind for lettering artists
Graphic designer in charge of Google Cultural Institute's mobile app launch materials
Guest lecturer on graphic design and its intersection with hand lettering, University of California at Los Angeles Extension
Guest lecturer on digital applications of calligraphy, The University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts
Plurabelle is a hand lettering & graphic design studio.
Logo design and complete brand identity
Spot lettering for print and web
Invitation design and printing coordination
Envelope addressing, place cards, menus, etc.
Custom rubber stamps and embossers
Commercial lettering for publications
Business cards and stationery
Layout for print and digital publications
Personal stationery and monograms
Front-end web design
The Point of The Pen
Calligraphy is about creating something human, something uniquely beautiful, imperfections and all.
Hand lettered logo designing is one of my special passions. My toolkit combines traditional supplies – pointed dip nibs, pen holders, and ink – with unconventional supplies – paint, felt pens, chalk, and, of course, my trusty iMac.
More than anything, I love experimenting with new materials, even such unorthodox “inks” as coffee and blueberry juice. I gather inspiration for my work from all types and eras of lettering, from illuminated manuscripts to urban graffiti to vintage pharmacy ads.