Shoplifters 10 Interview with Nick Benson

Jack did an interview with Nick Benson, owner and creative director of The John Stevens Shop, a design and stone-carving business founded in 1705 by John Stevens in Newport, Rhode Island. Nick is the third generation of a family of calligraphers and stone-carvers, and has continued developing his craft for four decades. The discussion explores Nick’s process, his guerrilla art ambitions, and the dark side of social media.

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Interview, transcription, copy editing, and image sourcing: Jack Fahnestock. Design: Actual Source. Images from the Special Features section “Nick Benson and the John Stevens Shop, In conversation with Jack Fahnestock” of Shoplifters Issue 10: New Type Design Vol. 2, courtesy of Actual Source.