School:Cambridge School of Art
Areas of Expertise: Graphic design and typography
Simon Loxley is a freelance graphic designer, a published author and writer on graphic design and typography, and the editor of a journal dedicated to typography, graphics and visual communication.
Simon Loxley is a freelance graphic designer who has worked extensively in book and magazine publishing, and also in the cultural sector, including the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Museum of London, Britten–Pears Arts and St Bride Library. He founded the St Bride Library journal Ultrabold, which focuses on the Library’s collection and all aspects of visual communication, and has designed and edited it since its inception in 2006.
He has also written, published and lectured frequently on the subject of graphic design and typography: articles and reviews in Baseline, Design Week and Parenthesis, for the Printing Historical Society, The Journal of William Morris Studies and for American club publications: the Grolier Club in New York and the Caxton Club in Chicago. He has given presentations in the UK, the United States and Spain. He has published five books on design, typography and designers, two of which have been translated into Spanish. He posts on Instagram, mostly on typography, lettering and graphics in the environment.
Knowledge and speaking ability in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Simon currently teaches on the following modules:
Simon currently teaches on the following modules:
Loxley, Simon, 2019. Emery Walker: arts, crafts and a world in motion. New Castle, Delaware, Oak Knoll Press
Loxley, Simon, 2016. Type is Beautiful: the story of fifty remarkable fonts. Oxford, Bodleian Library Publishing
Loxley , Simon, 2021. La Belleza de los Tipos. Valencia, Campgràfic. (Spanish language version of above)
Loxley, Simon, 2013. Printer’s Devil: the life and work of Frederic Warde. Boston MA, David R. Godine
Loxley, Simon, 2004. Type: the secret history of letters. London, I.B. Tauris
Loxley , Simon, 2008. La Historia Secreta de las Letras. Valencia, Campgràfic (Spanish language version of above)
Loxley, Simon, 2021. A Geography of Horror: the ghost stories of M.R. James and the Suffolk landscape
Loxley, Simon (ed.), 2015. Believe Me, I Am: selected letters of Frederic Warde, 1921–1939
Loxley, Simon, 2022. Book reviews for Ultrabold: the journal of St Bride Library, issue 21. London, St Bride Library
Loxley, Simon, 2021. ‘Emery Walker, typographer’, The Journal of William Morris Studies, London, The William Morris Society
Loxley, Simon, 2021. Review of the Grolier Club’s One Hundred Books Famous in Typography, The Journal of the Printing Historical Society, London, The Printing Historical Society
Loxley, Simon, 2021. ‘Slowly, and then round again’ a contribution to the Harry Ransom Center’s What is Research? series, featured in the online version of the Center’s magazine
Loxley, Simon, 2020. ‘In Search of Emery Walker’, Caxtonian: the Journal of the Caxton Club. Chicago, The Caxton Club
Loxley, Simon, 2020. ‘Dreams… and “an absolute mare”’, St Bride Library blog, stbridefoundation.wordpress.com, April 2020
Loxley, Simon, 2020. Review of Jerry Kelly’s Hermann Zapf and the World He Designed: a biography, London: Parenthesis, the journal of the Fine Press Book Association
Loxley, Simon, 2019. Sombras en la Orilla Mágica (Shadows on the Magic Shoreline), Valencia, Campgràfic
Loxley, Simon, 2018. ‘Ultrabold’, London: Parenthesis, the journal of the Fine Press Book Association
Simon has given several different presentations on Emery Walker following the publication of Emery Walker: arts, crafts and a world in motion:
The Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, Oxford, March 2022
The William Morris Society, London, June 2021 (via Zoom)
The Oxford Guild of Printers, Oxford, April 2021 (via Zoom)
The Type Directors Club of New York, New York, October 2020 (via Zoom)
The Caxton Club, Chicago, October 2020 (via Zoom)
The William Morris Society, London, September 2020 (via Zoom)
The Society of Printers, Boston, November 2019
The Katherine Small Gallery, Boston, November 2019
The Grolier Club, New York, November 2019
St Bride Library, London, October 2019
In January 2021 Simon contributed a short presentation for ‘Inspired by St Bride’, an online event held by St Bride Library, on the making and life of the library’s journal Ultrabold.
‘La Orilla Mágica’ (The Magic Shoreline), Gutenberg 2018 Conference, Madrid, October 2018
‘The Brilliant Parade’, St Nicholas’ Church, London, October 2017
‘The Space between the Letters’, Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford, March 2017
In support of the publication of Printer’s Devil: The Life and Work of Frederic Warde Simon gave a number of presentations on Frederic Warde:
The Zamorano Club, Pasadena, January 2015
The Caxton Club, Chicago, March 2014
St Bride Library, London, October 2013
The New York Typophiles, New York, October 2013
The Society of Printers, Boston, October 2013
The Grolier Club, New York, April 2010
In relation to Type: the secret history of letters, Simon spoke on BBC Radio Scotland in 2004, and on the BBC World Service in 2007. He appeared on BBC Radio Suffolk and Felixstowe Radio in October and November 2021 to talk about A Geography of Horror: the ghost stories of M.R. James and the Suffolk landscape.