John Downer has been a journeyman sign painter since 1973. He has degrees in art from Washington State University, BA ’73; and The University of Iowa, MA ’74, MFA ’76. In 1983, he entered the field of type design. His typefaces have been published by Bitstream, Font Bureau, Emigre, and House Industries. Currently, he serves as a visiting instructor at art schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He also runs the Sign Painting Support Group on Facebook.