TDC Typography 35
January 28, 2015
The Type Directors Club’s 2014 annual, Typography 35 is now out, including the TDC² competition I judged last year, and my write-up of my Judge’s Choice, Metro Nova. You can order your copy of the book directly from Harper Collins.
Cortado Script Released
December 8, 2014
Very exciting news! Ben Kiel and I are pleased to present our new retail typeface Cortado Script, the first that either of us has independently released. See extensive samples at cortadoscript.com—and license the typeface for print, web, or mobile app use.
AIGA St. Louis Lecture
December 2, 2014
I’ll be the keynote speaker at AIGA St. Louis’s 2014 Annual Meeting next Thursday, December 11. All my previous public lectures have been in coastal states, so I’m looking forward to my first inland audience. (Um, not that Inland.) More information and tickets here.
AIGA Philadelphia Lecture
September 15, 2014
On Thursday, September 25, AIGA Philadelphia invites you to spend “An Evening With Jesse Ragan,” at The University of the Arts. In this lecture I’ll explain what it takes to design a typeface, where my concepts originate, and how I develop them into full-fledged families. More information and tickets here.
Taking a Break From Teaching—Sort Of
August 22, 2014
I have decided to scale back my teaching activities, to invest more of my time and creative energy in upcoming typeface releases. I don’t make this decision lightly, after teaching typeface design for eight years, first to undergrads at Pratt Institute, then to working professionals at Cooper Union. Starting this fall, my illustrious colleague Sumner Stone will take over my classes at Type@Cooper, and the class of 2015 is extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to study with him.
I feel a deep personal investment in Type@Cooper, the certificate program I co-founded four years ago. In my time as the primary instructor for the Extended Program, I have had the pleasure of guiding 54 incredibly talented students to achieve certificates in typeface design. Teaching at Cooper has fostered immense professional and personal growth for me, and I am grateful to have been involved with the program on the ground level.
Happily, I’m keeping one foot in the door—this fall I will make guest appearances as a substitute teacher and critic. I’m pleased that I can continue a relationship with Type@Cooper, while also seeing the launch of some exciting new projects.
June 25, 2014
For the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, I made my website a little more fabulous! As a proud gay man who believes that human rights are fundamental, this rainbow makeover is my small show of solidarity. Every bit of visibility can make a difference.
[The site has returned to its more subdued color scheme, but you can still visit the archived Pride version.]
New Faces in American Type Design
March 10, 2014
Angelynn Grant profiles four “New Faces in American Type Design” in the March/April 2014 issue of Communication Arts. I’m delighted to have a nice big spread, with samples of my work and a brief interview.
Society of Printers Lecture
February 24, 2014
I will be in Boston on March 5 to speak about my digital interpretations of unfinished typefaces by Rudolph Ruzicka. This is a momentous occasion for me: lecturing for the Society of Printers, of which Ruzicka was an member, at the Club of Odd Volumes. Full information on the official invitation.
TDC Typeface Design Competition
October 10, 2013
In January 2014, I will have the privilege of judging TDC², the country’s foremost typeface design competition. Joining me on the jury are Andy Clymer, Ellen Lupton, and Georg Seifert. I’m glad that I can give back to the Type Directors Club, which has benefitted me greatly during my twelve years working in New York. For more information, see the call for entries.
AIGA/NY Board Member
June 20, 2013
I am very excited to join the AIGA New York chapter’s Board of Directors. Two years of hard work and new challenges lie ahead, but I’m looking forward to collaborating with colleagues I admire to support an organization that contributes so much to the design community. And I’m far from the first typeface designer behind the scenes in the organization—Dwiggins and Goudy were two of its founders.
TDC Pratt Student Group Workshop
January 29, 2013
After the success of my last graduate-level workshop at Pratt in 2011, I was pleased when the Type Directors Club’s Pratt Student Group asked me to return and teach another. We’ll be in the classroom February 9 and 16, for a crash course in typeface design and an introduction to RoboFont. I’m always glad to revisit the school where I taught an undergraduate Typeface Design elective from 2006 to 2011. [Update: The workshop has been postponed until February 16 & 23 due to inclement weather.]
The Pencil Factory in Print Magazine
January 18, 2013
Check out Rob Walker’s article about the Pencil Factory (home to my studio) in Print Magazine, including photos of my workspace. The article documents the evolution of the loose network of talented designers and illustrators who work alongside me.
Communication Arts Typography Annual
January 7, 2013
The Communication Arts 2013 Typography Annual, which I judged with Gail Anderson and Jessica Hische, is out now. It was such an honor and pleasure to have this experience. As Patrick Coyne quoted me in his editor’s letter: “Most of all, I was very pleased to see such unbridled enthusiasm and energy for making letters. Something in the air lately has empowered a wide range of people to try their hand at lettering, and we saw some beautiful and unexpected results in the entries.”
Lecture: The Creative Circus
November 16, 2012
Today I visited postgraduate advertising school The Creative Circus in Atlanta. It was a busy day, between reviewing student portfolios, giving a lecture on my work, and interviewing with Advertising Department head Dan Balser for his podcast (stay tuned).
New Site: We Will Be Close
October 24, 2012
Today I launch my new blog, We Will Be Close, a collection of photos of words communicating more than they mean to. I have been taking these photos for a long time, and I’m glad to finally have an outlet to share them with you.