John D. Berry

John D. Berry is the former editor and publisher of U&lc (Upper and lower case: the international journal of graphic design and digital media) and of U&lc Online. He has a deep and eclectic background in both writing/editing and typography; he made a career for more than twenty years in Seattle as an editor and book designer before moving to New York in 1998 to take over U&lc. His first issue as editor was the magazine’s 25th anniversary issue. After arriving at ITC, John developed U&lc Online as a separate but overlapping online magazine, with a series of columns, reviews, and event reports that did not appear in the printed U&lc. The balance between the two publications – one on paper, the other online – was an ongoing process of experiment and evolution.

John is the editor of the book Language Culture Type: international type design in the age of Unicode (Graphis, 2002), and he has written extensively on typography for magazines such as GraphisPrintEye, andAdobe Magazine. He writes a regular column about type and design, dot-font, for He has done typographic consulting for several software companies, including Microsoft, Adobe, and Design Intelligence, and for five years he was the house book designer for Copper Canyon Press, winning several design awards.

After five years in New York and San Francisco (where he helped to organize a two-month lecture series in connection with the Zapfest celebration of calligraphic type design), he returned to Seattle, where he lives with the writer Eileen Gunn. John was chairman of TDC2 2001.