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Ben Kiel

Ben Kiel Photo by Dan Berkman

Ben Kiel is a typeface designer, graphic designer, and educator. He works at House Industries where he practices typeface design, development, and direction. He teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Delaware. Additionally, he is part of the faculty of the Type@Cooper certificate program and has been a visiting artist at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts. He worked as part of the team that developed the online Photo-Lettering service, shortlisted as a Design of the Year by the London Design Museum in 2012.

Ben's research interests center around changes in technology and their impact on the areas of printing, design, and typeface design throughout history. He is particularly interested in how design tools shape and inform the final product and in ways of creating personal toolsets.

Prior to working at House Industries, Ben lived and worked in St. Louis as both a freelance designer and for emdash, the limited editions imprint of Ken Botnick. He holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading in the UK and a BFA in Graphic Design from Washington University in St. Louis.