Molly Suber Thorpe
Calligrapher | Designer | Teacher | Author

Molly Suber Thorpe

Calligrapher, Graphic Designer, Teacher & Author


Molly is credited as a driving force behind the modern calligraphy movement and achieved renown for her book, Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013).

Since its release, Modern Calligraphy has sold over 65,000 copies, been translated into Chinese and Spanish, and was named one of Amazon's "Favorite Craft Books" of 2013. Her second book, The Calligrapher's Business Handbook (2017), guides lettering artists in crafting a thriving freelance career, and has been an Amazon Bestseller in the Calligraphy and Business of Art categories.

In addition to teaching in-person calligraphy workshops, Molly is also holds the title of Top Teacher on the Skillshare platform, with over 11,000 students and nearly half a million minutes of watch time since her first class launched in 2013. (You can get two months of Skillshare Premium membership free with this Top Teacher link.)

Molly graduated from UCLA's Design Communication Arts program in 2009 with a concentration in typography and layout design. Prior to that, Molly studied art history, comparative literature, and creative writing at The American University of Paris. It was her experience as editor-in-chief and layout designer of the school’s bilingual arts and literary magazine, Paris/Atlantic, that sparked Molly’s interest in graphic design.

In 2016 Molly founded, a curated database of resource links and products for calligraphers, hand lettering artists, type enthusiasts, and creative freelancers.

Molly's work has been featured in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Weddings, Los Angeles Times, Country Living, Buzzfeed, and Style Me Pretty. Her client list includes Google Arts & Culture, Martha Stewart Weddings, Michael Kors, Fendi, J. Jill, and Victorio & Lucchino.

After spending nearly a decade in Los Angeles, Molly currently lives in Athens, Greece. She works with clients all over the world, from New York to Paris, Cape Town to Taipei. A true Francophile, Molly is fluent in French and looks forward to the day she might once again live in Paris.



Los Angeles Times
Modernizing her Ps and Qs: Calligrapher Molly Suber Thorpe

The Wall Street Journal
Pens for Better Penmanship

The Guardian
Worth Its Weight in Paper

Creative Empire Podcast
Episode 99

Voyage LA Interview
Conversations with the Inspiring Molly Suber Thorpe

20 Thoughtful Gifts For The Bookworm In Your Life

Uppercase Magazine
The Calligraphy Issue (No. 23)

Bound & Lettered
A Personal Pointed Pen Style

The Postman's Knock
Review: The Calligrapher's Business Handbook

The Postman's Knock
Review: Modern Calligraphy

DIY Save the Date by Molly Suber Thorpe

Ellsworth American
Artist Shares Passion for Art of Calligraphy


Google Arts & Culture
Martha Stewart Weddings
Michael Kors
J. Jill
Victorio & Lucchino
Neenah Paper
Tv Only International
Vogue Footwear
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Koei Tecmo



University of California, Los Angeles
Design Communication Arts
Los Angeles, California

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
Prose Poetry
Boulder, Colorado

The American University of Paris
Art History, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing
Paris, France



English (native) • French (fluent) • Greek (basic)


The Calligrapher's Business Handbook a #1 Amazon bestseller in two categories: Calligraphy and Business of Art, 2017

Modern Calligraphy named an "Favorite Craft Book," 2013

Awarded the badge of Skillshare Top Teacher

AIGA (Re)design Award for Cultural Responsibility
First in three categories in collaboration with Softfirm Studio; 2011



Founder of, the first resource of its kind for lettering artists

Graphic designer of Google Arts & Culture's print graphics and mobile app launch materials

Guest lecturer on graphic design and its intersection with hand lettering, University of California at Los Angeles Extension

Guest lecturer on digital applications of calligraphy, The University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts