John Benson

John Benson is a calligrapher, stonecarver and designer of monumental inscriptions. Best known for his letter-carving on such commissions as the Kennedy Memorial at Arlington, Benson has held a lifelong interest in type design. In the seventies he produced photographic typefaces for his own use in architectural graphics. In 1981 he consulted with Maya Lin on the typography of the Viet Nam Memorial. In 1987 he began a series of experiments in digital type design which led to a contract with the Originals Group at Adobe Systems. He has incorporated digital font design with his architectural carving work on such projects as the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC and the Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, MA. Retired from the stone trade in 2000, Benson is now making figurative and portrait sculpture at his studio in Newport, RI.


John’s Fonts
· Aardvark