Photo by Max Tielman for Design Sponge
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
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.
• Bartle Bogle Hegarty
• Ogilvy & Mather
• OCD Agency
• Seigel & Gale
• TBWA Chiat Day
• Wolff Olins
Typeface Design Firms
• Darden Studio
• Font Bureau
• House Industries
• Paul Shaw Letter Design
• Hachette Book Group
• HarperCollins Publishers
• Random House
• Workman Publishing
• New York Magazine
• The New York Times
• USA TODAY
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.
“Our Favorite Typefaces of 2008,” Typographica. Archer, 2009.
“Our Favorite Typefaces of 2006,” Typographica. Omnes, 2007.
With Darden Studio
AIGA/365 24, American Institute of Graphic Arts. Archer, 2003.
bukva:raz!, Association Typographique Internationale. Gotham, 2001.
#26 – New York edition of Slanted magazine, studio visit feature and video interview. November 2015.
“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.
“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.
“Rudolph Ruzicka’s g,” Grafik magazine guest column. April 2010.