David Lance Goines

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David Lance Goines (born 1945) is an American artist, calligrapher, typographer, printing entrepreneur, and author. He was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, the oldest of eight children. His father was a civil engineer and his mother a calligrapher and artist.

David Lance Goines
Born (1945-05-29) May 29, 1945 (age 76)
NationalityUnited States
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Known forArtist, calligrapher, typographer, master printmaker, printing entrepreneur, author
Notable work
A Constructed Roman Alphabet
AwardsAmerican Book Award


David Lance Goines was born May 29, 1945, in Grants Pass, Oregon.[1] He was the eldest of 8 children and they were raised in Fresno, Sacramento, and Oakland.[2] He attended Castlemont High School in Oakland.[2]

During the 1960s, Goines enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley as a Classics major. While at the University of California, Berkeley he participated in the Free Speech Movement of late 1964, which led to his expulsion. Though soon re-admitted, he graduated the University in 1965, and apprenticed as a printer in Berkeley.[1] In 1968, he founded Saint Hieronymus Press there.[3] The major output of the press consists of Goines' limited edition poster and calendar art.[4]

Goines art style has been described as "minimalist".[5] In 1982, Goines published the calligraphic classic A Constructed Roman Alphabet, which won him the 1983 American Book Award. Several books collecting his poster art have been published as well. Goines art and posters can be found in international museum collections, including the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts,[6] Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,[3] Cooper-Hewitt Museum,[6] Smithsonian American Art Museum,[1] Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art,[6] Metropolitan Museum of Art,[6] Museum of Modern Art,[6] Musee de la Publicite,[6] Oakland Museum of California,[6] Philadelphia Museum of Art,[6] and Rochester Institute of Technology.[6]

In addition to his artistic and calligraphic work, Goines is also a non-fiction author who has written about political activism. His book The Free Speech Movement: Coming of Age in the 1960s, was published in 1993.

Goines has enjoyed a friendship with the restaurateur Alice Waters since they were both teenagers. Every year Goines creates a Chez Panisse anniversary poster and has illustrated many Chez Panisse cookbooks. He also designed the logotype and lettering for a number of Berkeley-based businesses, past and present, including Velo-Sport (a bicycle company) and the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Company.

A strong advocate of the voluntary blood donor system, Goines claims to have donated a cumulative total of 20 gallons of blood so far during his life.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c "David Lance Goines". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  2. ^ a b Guthmann, Edward (2014-04-13). "Prince of posters David Lance Goines keeps his hand in". SFGATE. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  3. ^ a b "David Lance Goines". FAMSF Search the Collections. 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  4. ^ Website of David Lance Goines accessed 5/25/21
  5. ^ Keane, Maribeth (January 13, 2009). "Poster Designer David Lance Goines Speaks". Collectors Weekly. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "1989 David Lance Goines: Posters". Schneider Museum of Art. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  7. ^ "Year of the Snake". The East Bay Monthly. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2021-07-30.

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