After hiring each other for multiple projects during a prolonged business courtship, Ben Kiel and Jesse Ragan committed to starting a foundry together in 2017. They join us with a vibrant type library and a passion for craft and technology.
XYZ Type is the independent type foundry jointly owned and operated by Ben Kiel and Jesse Ragan. The two typeface designers strive to make fonts that are unexpected but practical, drawing upon their experience working with branding, advertising, and publication designers.
Ben Kiel is a typeface designer, an educator, and a partner in XYZ Type. During his years working at House Industries, Ben specialized in addressing complex problems at the overlap of design and technology. He now works from the XYZ Type’s headquarters in Saint Louis, Missouri. Ben received his MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. He currently teaches at Type@Cooper and Washington University in St. Louis.
Jesse Ragan is a typeface designer and a partner in XYZ Type. He also works regularly with branding agencies on custom lettering for logotypes. He started his career at Hoefler & Frere-Jones and has worked independently in Brooklyn since then. Jesse has served on the board of directors for AIGA/NY and has taught at Type@Cooper (which he cofounded) and Pratt Institute. He holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.