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
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.