I started out as a graphic designer and illustrator in 1976. During the early part of my career I worked as an art director on a number of magazines and other publications including Metropolis (a Minneapolis weekly, 1977), Machete (a Minneapolis broadsheet, 1978-80), TWA Ambassador (an inflight magazine, 1979-81), Minnesota Monthly (Minnesota Public Radio's regional magazine, 1979-85), and the Utne Reader (1984-88).
I was head designer and art director for Minnesota Public Radio (1981-85) and an art director for its sister company, Rivertown Trading Company (1992-2000). During that time, I designed over 200 audio packages, including most of Garrison Keillor's, along with several hundred products (t-shirts, mugs, rugs, watches, etc.) for the Wireless, Signals, and other mail order catalogs.
I frequently did lettering as part of design projects I worked on. This was always my favorite part, so in 2000 I opened my own shop specializing in lettering and typography.
I've also been interested in typeface design since my college days. I started licensing fonts to FontHaus in 1992, and since starting my new business, stepped up my efforts in developing original typefaces. I now have more than 100 fonts on the market with many more to come.
There are 292 products available from Mark Simonson.