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Michael Doret
Illustration: Laura Smith
Michael Doret grew up in Brooklyn, NY near Coney Island—the influence of which is permanently etched in his work. He graduated from Cooper Union, and went on to start his own design studio in New York. His work revitalized the art of hand-lettering by expanding it into the areas of illustration and graphic design—initially inspiring many imitators, many of whom have moved on to making their own contributions to the art form. He currently runs his studio out of Hollywood, CA, sharing it with wife, illustrator Laura Smith.

Recently he expanded the base of his work to include font design by opening Alphabet Soup, his digital type foundry. Currently he has completed three unique font designs, but expects to add more soon.

Michael is an eight time recipient of the NY Art Director's Club Silver Award, and has exhibited work in all the major industry shows and annuals. His "Bedlam Ballroom" CD packaging project for the "Squirrel Nut Zippers" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording Package at the 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Michael, together with fellow letterforms artist Tom Nikosey organized a traveling show of their work called "Letter as Image", which also includes the work of four other artists. Michael has lectured before many organizations and art schools.
Michael Doret

Alphabet Soup Art Prints
Michael Doret Giclees
Michael Doret Lithographs