Born in Portsmouth, UK in 1947, Richard Bradley left school to undertake a five-year apprenticeship with the Metal Box Company in his home town. This practical work experience in design, calligraphy, lettering and sign writing together with day-release study at Portsmouth College of Art and Design led to a Full Technological Certificate from City & Guilds, London.
He has held various posts in industry, but since the 1990s he has worked freelance as a designer and illustrator. He also teaches typography at Portsmouth College of Art. As well as his typography work, he designs Christian literature products, paints watercolours, and draws wildlife studies. He also undertakes bible teaching.
Among his type designs are Bible Script and Fine Hand. He collaborated with Colin Brignall of Letraset UK to produce Calligraphic Ornaments and ITC Bradley Hand, and with David Kettlewell to create Sevillia and Alice Scrolltip.
[LC, December 2009]