Rick Cusick began his lettering career by designing illuminated signs in his hometown of Stockton, California, followed by study at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Since 1971 he has worked in lettering and typographic design and as a book designer for Hallmark Cards, Inc., where he has held the position of “master artist.” Recently, he became the lettering studio manager at Hallmark, and he also oversees their in-house font development. Rick has designed several proprietary typefaces for Hallmark that are used on a range of products from cards, to books, to films, to packaging. From 1984 to 1990 he taught typography and publication design at the University of Kansas. He has also compiled, edited, and designed books about prominent 20th century calligraphers and lettering designers, and has been the art director of Letter Arts Review magazine since 1992.