I am a typeface designer and an artist. I recently founded The Sharp Type Co. with Chantra Malee.
I grew up in a little town called Fairfax just north of San Francisco, CA, in beautiful Marin County. I attended Sir Francis Drake High, and my Junior year I attended Oxbow School, a semester program for the arts, and that summer I also attended the CCA pre-college summer program. In this phase of my development my focus was on drawing and painting. I was doing mostly figurative work then, but my artistic practice has always centered around contour lines defining negative and positive space. I have always considered myself to be a student of form.
After high school I attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York City where I graduated with a degree in communication design. My thesis project for my Parsons BFA was typeface called Hera Big.
It was there that I studied under Joshua Darden, whom I ended up working under at the Darden Studio from 2010-2012, starting as an intern and working my way up to draftsman. During my time at the Darden Studio I learned the art and discipline of typeface production and honed my aesthetic.
I was influenced greatly by Darden- who stressed the importance of humanity and imperfection. Whereas some designers would seek a rigid apollonian paragon, Darden's typefaces find resonance in a more organic and complex way.
In late 2011 I started Pagan & Sharp Studio with Juan Carlos Pagan. Our vision was a studio that approached design from the bottom up, providing the foundational typographic forms of branding and graphic design.
After 5 incredible years, Pagan & Sharp closed its doors in 2016. While our two careers have taken different trajectories, we are very proud of the work we have done here at P&S, and want to thank all of our clients and friends for 5 awesome years.
Check out my new venture The Sharp Type Co. and stay tuned for some big and exciting releases slated for this fall.