Born in America in 1886, Sol Hess started his career with Lanston Monotype in 1902, after a three-year scholarship course at Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Design. As a type designer with Lanston, he redrew and adapted all the company's typographical materials. His particular forte was the development of complete font families.
He often collaborated with Frederic W. Goudy, who was also a close friend. When Goudy died, Hess succeeded him as art director at Lanston Monotype. While he was with the company, he worked on commissions for many of America's leading organisations, including Curtis Publishing, Crowell-Collier, Sears Roebuck, Montogomery Ward, Yale University Press, and World Publishing Company.
[LC, December 2009]