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Francis S. Lestingi, PhD

Work 181 Rollingwood Drive Williamsville NY 14221 United States Cell Phone: 716-239-6227 Work Phone: 716-688-5359


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Francis is a calligrapher, fontographer, sign artist, gilder, and professor emeritus of physics and history of science at the State University College at Buffalo, NY. Awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s and President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Founded Signs of Gold, Inc. in 1994
to create the finest, most elegant, unrivaled, entirely hand crafted, gold leafed, wood signage
that are works of art, not just signs. He has won ten national first place awards from the United States Sign Council Design competition, as well as the International Sign Association contests. Author of 21 articles on gilding and hand carved sign artistry in SignCraft magazine, SignBusiness, Signs of the Times, and WoodCarvers Illustrated. Francis is the recipient of the “Innovators & Influencers Award” presented by Sign & Digital Graphics trade journal in recognition of those “who have changed for the better the way our industry conducts business.” Francis’s lifelong fascination with calligraphy and lettering as artform has led him to design five original digital typeface fonts which are commercially available on the Web.