Doyald Young taught lettering, logo design, and typographic basics. He designed books, fonts and thousands of logotypes. Doyald passed away in 2011.

So how do you get to be one of the greats of graphic design? If Doyald Young is the example, start with a well-rounded education in life, study with the masters, pay homage to your mentors, work hard, work long and, like the old joke about how to get to Carnegie Hall (for which he has also designed), “practice, man, practice.”
— Marian Bantjes

“I have a love of detail. Despite the fact that I call myself a logotype designer and teacher, I’m delighted to say that my life revolves around typography.”

– Doyald Young

Doyald Young created custom logos and typographic treatments.

Select notable examples include: the 30th Annual Grammy Awards, Bette Midler’s concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles (2002), the “Elvis” video collection for MGM/UA (1985), the corporate identity and proprietary font for “Prudential Financial” (1997), and the California Institute of Technology “CalTech” institutional logo (1960).

He also created complete fonts from scratch, which, to those who know the trials and tedium of kerning and hinting, is no easy task. While adept at the computer, he remained adamant in promoting drawing for the start and development of the letterforms.

Young Baroque, an elegant script, followed by Eclat, a fat-face script, both developed by Letraset. He developed and released Home Run and Home Run Sanscript (2002–2003), which bear a resemblance to Eclat, but are more condensed and refined, and have the feel of the show card in them, as well as Young Finesse (2003), a breezy, innocent “serifless roman,” and its accompanying italic (2006).

Doyald states,“The DNA of a font must be homogenous. Every letter, every character, every glyph, and figure must appear to belong to the group if the font is to be resolved.”

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Steven HellerArt Director, Journalist, Critic, and Author

Steven Heller

Art Director, Journalist, Critic, and Author

“Doyald advocated a high level of craftsmanship that he believed had been lost. In so doing, he challenged a new generation to reject so-called grunge design in favor of precision”

Marian Bantjes

Designer, Artist, Illustrator, Typographer and Writer

“An education with Doyald Young would be to learn from one of the most precise hands and knowledgeable eyes of our time. His understanding of the form of the letter, the arc of the curve and the subtleties of logotypes, is unsurpassed in North America.”

Marian BantjesDesigner, Artist, Illustrator, Typographer and Writer
Jill BellLettering Artist, Calligrapher and Type Designer

Jill Bell

Lettering Artist, Calligrapher and Type Designer

“Part of what made him a good teacher was that he embraced new technology. None of these things were ever easy. He embraced new styles of lettering as they came along, not that he incorporated them himself, but he acknowledged them and welcomed them, and new people, like Marian and myself.”

Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt

Founding Partner and Lead Designer, Kuhlmann-Leavitt

“Without a doubt, Doyald Young has had a remarkable career—and all of us who are working in design today owe much to a body of work that is endlessly inspiring and always instructive. Letter by letter, logo by logo, it’s the best education there is in the art and craft of type.”

Deanna Kuhlmann-LeavittFounding Partner and Lead Designer, Kuhlmann-Leavitt
J. Nils LindstromLetterform Designer and Instructor, Art Center College of Design

J. Nils Lindstrom

Letterform Designer and Instructor, Art Center College of Design

“At all the Art Center faculty meetings it was a fight to see who got to sit at Doyald’s table. The way he engaged you in conversation, he would look right at you and fold his hands together and listen. He’d hang onto every word you said. He made you feel like you were the most important person in the world.”

Petrula Vrontikis

Graphic Designer and Professor, Art Center College of Design

“If you really knew Doyald, he gave you the gift of his razor sharp wit. That’s when I really started learning. He could slice right though hubris and cut it into a dozen perfectly spaced pieces. Ruthless riposte.”

Petrula VrontikisGraphic Designer and Professor, Art Center College of Design
Candice LopezProfessor of Graphic Design San Diego City College

Candice Lopez

Professor of Graphic Design San Diego City College

“In the master’s hand a 2H pencil became a magic wand. He was remarkable, elegant, and kind and was loved by so many in San Diego and around the world. He leaves the great legacy of his teaching, forever changing students and teachers through his books, generosity and extraordinary work.”