Studio Lead

Dr. Stephen Banham



Called a 'typographic evangelist' by Eye Journal, Stephen Banham is founder of Letterbox – a type studio based in Melbourne, Australia. His typographic explorations centre on the cultural aspects of letterforms, culminating in over 18 publications he has written and produced. His design work and writings have appeared in countless international type publications. Banham has spoken at international design events from Barcelona to Beirut, New Zealand to New York. A board member and assessor of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD), Banham lectures in typography at RMIT University and holds a (Research) Masters and PhD in Design. In 2011 he was awarded a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. In 2015 his book Characters: Cultural Stories revealed through typography was published by Thames and Hudson. His work on the typeface Sans Forgetica earned him the 2019 Victorian Premiers Designers Award in Communication Design as well as the 2019 Patrons Award and Best in Class at the 2019 Good Design Awards. In 2020 he was commissioned to produce a massive typographic artwork for Metro Tunnel spanning 360 metres wide, incorporating over 1.3 million tiles. He has appeared as an expert witness in the Federal and Supreme Courts of Australia.

Communities of Practice
Designing Experience, Designing Identity, Designing Publications,
2024 Typography International: The ISTD Briefs
2022 Typography International: The ISTD Briefs
2021 Typography International: The ISTD Briefs
2020 Typography International: The ISTD Briefs

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