Michael Doret grew up in Brooklyn, NY near Coney Island—the amusement park/sideshow influence of which is permanently etched in his work. He’s tried to help revitalize the art of hand-lettering by expanding it into the areas of illustration and graphic design. You may be familiar with his work without even knowing it. If you've seen his logo for the NY Knicks, his album covers for KISS, or one of his many Time covers then you're familiar with the power and dynamism he has brought to the art of hand-lettering and font design. The inspiration for his work has come from such diverse sources as matchbook covers, theater marquees, enamel signs, early and mid-20th century packaging, and various other American artifacts.
Recently he expanded the base of his work to include font design by opening Alphabet Soup, his digital type foundry. Bringing his experience of making art with letterforms to bear on font design, he hopes to create a collection of fonts that share the same aesthetic, energy, and unique qualities as the lettering and design work that he has become known for. Currently he has completed ten unique font designs. He runs his studio out of Hollywood, California, sharing it with wife, illustrator Laura Smith.