Photo by Max Tielman for Design Sponge

Serious Letterforms

I create serious letterforms. Whether a design is formal or fanciful, I am dedicated to high-quality craft and creative problem-solving. Working independently for a decade, I have created custom types and lettering for brands, publications, and cultural institutions.

Let’s collaborate on a big type family, a small lettering job, or a quick typographic consultation. I’ll find a custom-tailored solution to enrich your project’s typographic palette, within your budget and time constraints. Email me to get started.

Retail Type & More

My latest retail typefaces are Aglet Slab and Export, available through my foundry XYZ Type. In the past I contributed to the design of Gotham, Archer, Chronicle, Omnes, and more.

I taught typeface design for eight years, and I co-founded the Type@Cooper postgraduate program. Although I’m currently on hiatus from teaching, I offer occasional workshops and lectures. I also served a stint as Secretary for AIGA New York. And for fun, I post frequently on Instagram.


Slanted interview


ECV student visit chat


Cooper-Hewitt panel


Design Sponge interview


Design Clients

• Bartle Bogle Hegarty
• Collins
• FutureBrand
• Hyperakt
• Interbrand
• Landor
• Mucca
• Ogilvy & Mather
• OCD Agency
• Pentagram
• R/GA
• Seigel & Gale
• TBWA Chiat Day
• Wolff Olins

Typeface Design Firms
• Darden Studio
• Font Bureau
• Monotype
• House Industries
• Paul Shaw Letter Design

• Hachette Book Group
• HarperCollins Publishers
• Random House
• Workman Publishing

• Fortune
• Medium
• New York Magazine
• The New York Times
• V

Released Typefaces

Aglet Slab
Hoefler Titling*
Showcard Stunt§

Created in collaboration with other designers

* as an employee of H&FJ
for Darden Studio
for Font Bureau
§ for House Industries

Honors & Awards

Typography & Lettering Awards, Print Magazine. Typeface design merit award. Aglet Slab, 2016.

Hiii Typography 2014, Hiii Brand. Jury award. Cortado, 2015.

With Ben Kiel

The Best Fonts of 2014,” Typefacts. Cortado, 2015.

With Ben Kiel

Juror for TDC², Type Directors Club’s typeface design competition. January 2014.

With Andy Clymer, Ellen Lupton, & Georg Seifert

Juror for Communication Arts Typography Annual competition. January/February 2013.

With Gail Anderson & Jessica Hische

TDC 32, Communication Design, Type Directors Club. St. Bart’s identity, 2012.

With OCD Agency

Brand New Awards 2011, UnderConsideration. Best in Show & Judge’s Pick. St. Bart’s identity, 2012.

With OCD Agency

Permanent collection, Museum of Modern Art. Gotham & Mercury, acquired 2011.

With H&FJ

Our Favorite Typefaces of 2008,” Typographica. Archer, 2009.

With H&FJ

Our Favorite Typefaces of 2006,” Typographica. Omnes, 2007.

With Darden Studio

AIGA/365 24, American Institute of Graphic Arts. Archer, 2003.

With H&FJ

bukva:raz!, Association Typographique Internationale. Gotham, 2001.

With H&FJ


#26 – New York edition of Slanted magazine, studio visit feature and video interview. November 2015.

Watch the video online

AIGA Design Envy, guest blogger. April 2015. [Five posts: 1 2 3 4 5 ]

Cortado Script Has 1,100 Glyphs to Make It Look Hand-Drawn,” AIGA Eye on Design blog. February 2015.

Typography 35. Competition juror; comments on judge’s choice. HarperCollins, 2015.

New Faces in American Type Design,” profile and interview in Communication Arts magazine. March/April 2014.

The Pencil Factory: An Oral History,” workplace profile in Print magazine. February 2013.

Communication Arts Typography Annual. Competition juror; quoted extensively in editor’s column. January/February 2013.

Audio interview for Don’t Get Me Started podcast, episode 142. December 2012.

iTunes or MP3 download

What’s in Your Toolbox: Jesse Ragan,” interview for Design Sponge blog. November 2012.

Beautiful Bitmaps” (project contributor), Uppercase magazine, issue 15. October 2012.

Talking Typeface With Jesse Ragan,” interview for TIO Agency Intelligencer blog. July 2012.

Typography Sketchbooks (featured designer), edited by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico. Thames & Hudson, 2011.

Font Day: Interview With Jesse Ragan” video interview for Design Sponge blog. October 2010.

Watch the video online

Rudolph Ruzicka’s g,” Grafik magazine guest column. April 2010.