Paul Shaw is a graphic designer and design historian. As a designer he has specialized in calligraphy, handlettering and typography. From 1996 to 2002 he was a partner in the digital type foundry LetterPerfect. Among his typefaces are Kolo, Old Claude, Donatello and the Swedish Set. His areas of study as a design historian have included the graphic designers W.A. Dwiggins and George Salter, illustrator Frank Holme, the scribe Bartolomeo Sanvito, the type designer Morris Fuller Benton, and the New York City Subway System signage. Paul is the co-author of Blackletter: Type and National Identity; and the author of Helvetica and the New York City Subway System, Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive, and Revival Type: Digital Typefaces Inspired by the Past. He was the editor of Codex: A Journal of Letterforms. He currently teaches at both Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. Paul has taught the History of Typography for California Rare Book School in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 (virtually). Website:

Courses Taught:

History of Typography in the West: An Overview from Gutenberg to Adobe, 2022
History of Typography (previous title): 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020