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 65,000 copies, been translated into Chinese and Spanish, and was named one of Amazon's "Favorite Craft Books" of 2013. Her second book, The Calligrapher's Business Handbook (2017), guides lettering artists in crafting a thriving freelance career, and has been an Amazon Bestseller in the Calligraphy and Business of Art categories.
In addition to teaching in-person calligraphy workshops, Molly is also a successful Skillshare teacher, with over 8,900 students and nearly half a million minutes of watch time since her first class launched in 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.
Molly's work has been featured in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Weddings, Los Angeles Times, Country Living, Buzzfeed, and Style Me Pretty. Her client list includes Google Cultural Institute, Martha Stewart Weddings, Michael Kors, Fendi, J. Jill, and Victorio & Lucchino.
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
Creative Empire Podcast
20 Thoughtful Gifts For The Bookworm In Your Life
The Calligraphy Issue (No. 23)
Bound & Lettered
A Personal Pointed Pen Style
The Postman's Knock
Review: The Calligrapher's Business Handbook
The Postman's Knock
Review: Modern Calligraphy
DIY Save the Date by Molly Suber Thorpe
Artist Shares Passion for Art of Calligraphy
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
English (native) • French (fluent) • Greek (proficient)
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
The Calligrapher's Business Handbook a #1 Amazon bestseller in two categories: Calligraphy and Business of Art, 2017
Founder of Calligrafile.com, the first resource of its kind for lettering artists
Graphic designer in charge of Google Cultural Institute's print graphics and 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