Jesse Ragan (19??)

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Jesse Ragan was originally from North Carolina, where he began designing letterforms as a child. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 with a BFA in Graphic Design. In 2001, Ragan began his career at Hoefler & Frere-Jones. He contributed to the designs of Gotham, Archer, Mercury, Sentinel, and a handful of other typefaces while working there. During that same year, Ragan became a typeface design intern at the Font Bureau in Boston.

In 2005, Ragan started his career as a freelance typeface designer. He worked independently and in collaboration with other designers, designing typefaces and lettering for a wide range of clients including Hasbro, Nike, The New York Times, and many more. In 2006, Ragan became an instructor at Pratt Institute, teaching undergraduate courses in Typeface Design and Typography. Ragan currently works as the Co-Founder and Primary Instructor at Type@Cooper Extended Program in New York as well as AIGA.

Ragan has overall skills in typeface design, lettering, logotypes, woodmarks, branding, typographic consulting, teaching, lecturing, consulting, and corporate identity. One of his most successful typeface designs is USA Condensed, designed for the re-launch of USA Today. He also designed the lettering for the Glade air freshener line. In the 2007-08 NHL season, Ragan designed the typeface for the Boston Bruins.

Jesse Ragan has won multiple honors and awards for his work. He has also published a handful of magazine articles. Ragan takes a lot of pride in his work.

“I make serious typefaces. Whether the design is formal or fanciful, my specialties are quality of craft and creative solutions to design problems.”