Biography of Mark Lee Golden

This gifted lettering artist and creative writer, was born in 1956 in Hollywood, California and raised in nearby Van Nuys.

Mark began writing in 2005. This started when, for the amusement of a friend’s teenage daughter who had a flair for shopping at Wal-Mart, he would occasionally send to her a crafted email satirizing the world’s largest retailer. These were titled “Wal-Mart News”. He then began to send these emails to a small group of friends and family. His creative wit was appreciated and encouraged; he found that he had a talent for writing.

Mark then began to send out “articles” on a variety of subjects other than the retail giant. Though these were all parodies, emails came back asking if the information was indeed true! For further interest in this controversial episode of his early career, read the 2005 piece Trendy WAL–MART News Writer Fears He Has Committed Irreversible Literary Suicide.

In 2007 his fanciful, fake articles, settled under the umbrella name of “Not Quite Right News by Mark Golden”. Included on this website, aside from his “News”, are several social and religious commentaries and the occasional, but humorous, odd piece. All stories are original and copyrighted.

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Growing up, he enrolled in many of the art classes offered in the junior and senior high schools he attended. His father worked in a typography shop in Hollywood where Mark was occasionally employed. There he began to develop an understanding and awareness of fonts, typesetting and printing.

He attended a few semesters at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA before choosing to be a sign painter/maker. He graduated from Los Angeles Trade Technical College’s Sign Graphics program in 1979.

In 1981 he relocated to Spokane, Washington where he currently resides. Over the last 30 plus years he has operated a one-man sign shop, producing thousands of signs. During that time he developed a deep, sincere love of and fascination with letter styles and well-designed layouts. He says, “I am able to enjoy a fine layout and drink it in just as much as watching a beautiful and captivating sunset!”

In 1984, while reading the print trade magazine “U&lc.” Mark saw an article with accompanying typographic illustrations which affected him significantly. It was about the graphic designer John Langdon and was titled, “His typography talks.” Langdon’s layouts forever changed Mark’s creative direction. What was uniquely interesting to him was that these clever, stark, black and white designs provided insight into the meaning of a word simply by the way the letters were laid out; there was little or no illustration.

It turns out that the origins of this innovative way of achieving captivating layouts are to be traced back to master graphic designer Herb Lubalin 1918-1981. He inspired a generation of typographic creativity due to his never-seen-before styles which evolved in the 1950s and 60s.

Over the years, when ideas showed up in his imagination, Mark doodled his layouts on hundreds of sticky notes, napkins and handy scraps of paper. He always hoped to someday see them in print for others to enjoy. Mark’s graphics website features his work at illustratedwords.com. All layouts are original and copyrighted.

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