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XYZ Type by Jesse Ragan and Ben Kiel

Starting Your Own Type Foundry

We talk to Jesse Ragan and Ben Kiel about starting their new type foundry XYZ Type.

Ulrik Hogrebe
Jul 17, 2017 · 9 min read

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Kara in discussion with Michelle about her lettering project at GoogleNYC

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Jesse Ragan and Ben Kiel
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Cortado, developed in partnership between Ben and Jesse before opening XYZ Type.

Both of us have typefaces in the works that are historical revivals or reinterpretations, which explore ways of bringing an analog aesthetic into digital form.

The Launch of XYZ Type

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Export — the third offering in XYZ Type’s starting line-up
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Details in Aglet Slab

Being typeface designers, we can be very picky about how everything gets done, so starting our own independent foundry also gives us more creative control throughout the process.

Striking out on their own

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Cortado, developed in partnership between Ben and Jesse before opening XYZ Type.

Launching new typefaces

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Aglet Slab and Aglet Sans
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Grep Sans
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Aglet Slab from Extra Light to Ultra Black

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Type Thursday

A meeting place for people who love letterforms.

Ulrik Hogrebe

Written by

Design Director at WeWork, former CD @ frog design and BBC News & The World Service. CIID alumni/faculty. Designs type, slowly.

Type Thursday

A meeting place for people who love letterforms.

Ulrik Hogrebe

Written by

Design Director at WeWork, former CD @ frog design and BBC News & The World Service. CIID alumni/faculty. Designs type, slowly.

Type Thursday

A meeting place for people who love letterforms.

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