The man who inspired Steve Jobs to bring multiple typographic styles to the Mac, the Trappist monk and calligrapher Rev. Robert Palladino, died late last month at the age of 83.
Palladino taught calligraphy classes at Portland’s Reed College, which Jobs attended during his dropout year. Yesterday The Washington Post published a retrospective highlighting the development of Palladino’s art, the encounter between the two men, and the continuing influence Palladino’s calligraphy had on Jobs’ aesthetic vision.
Robert Palladino teaching in 1978 (Image: Reed College)
Palladino’s creative journey began in 1950 when he joined a New Mexico monastery at the age of 17. A scribe