Hi, I’m Dan Rhatigan. You can use the links above to dig through the design work, old blog posts, and various other things archived on this site. If you like you can also check out some of the material featuring me shown below, or just get in touch.

Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution

LETRASET: The DIY Typography Revolution

Aaaargh! Pink Mince and some of the source material for the “Punk Mince” and “The Stroke” issues is featured in this incredible exhibition about Letraset at the Sheffield Institute of Arts and I want to see it SO MUCH. The exhibition is connected to Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution, the fantastic book about Letraset and its history that was published this year, which included an interview with me, some photos of Pink Mince, and lots of photos of items form my collection of Letraset sheets, ephemera, and paraphernalia.

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October 12, 2018 8:29 AM

Hot Type at Type Drives Culture

The Type Directors Club held a one-day conference called Type Drives Culture, to look at the various ways that typography influences and reflects the world around us. I was asked to discuss my ongoing investigation into the typographic landscape of gay porn publishing. In the talk, I refer a few times to Steven Heller's excellent talk that preceded mine, "Raw Typography: Rebel or Rebel", which did a great job of discussing some related themes about underground publishing and the democratization of type.

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May 30, 2018 11:26 AM

SVA TypeLab: Breaking the Rules

For a few years now, I've been one of the instructors of the SVA TypeLab, a month-long summer type-design course at the School of Visual Arts. It's always a great experience that keeps me on my toes and forces me to clarify how I think about type so I can properly coach designers learning more about it. Here's a quick promo for the course, taken from a longer interview that's part of a related online course called "The Complete Typographer".

SVA TypeLab: Dan Rhatigan from SVA Summer Residency Programs on Vimeo.

SVA TypeLab faculty member Dan Rhatigan on the importance of breaking rules

March 6, 2018 11:41 AM

ATypI Montreal interview with Amy Papaelias

While I was in Montreal last September to see friends and colleagues, talk about gay porn typography, and get a couple of new tattoos, I was asked to have a quick chat:

January 12, 2018 11:02 AM

And now for a change of pace

...after all those typography talks. I had a chat with the fellas from Recon this summer about Pink Mince and fetish and stuff.

“When we visited NYC we met with Recon member spark, the creator of fetish zine, Pink Mince. In this video spark tells us about the creation of the zine, as well as his ethos regarding fetish.”

Sparky meets Recon
December 8, 2017 2:58 AM

Souped-up Font Formats

It may not come as a surprise that a lot of my job at this point is yapping about fonts. This talk took place on November 7, 2017 in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library as part of Type@Cooper West's Letterform Lecture Series. This recording was made possible by a generous sponsorship from Adobe Typekit.

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November 28, 2017 2:01 PM

Marginalized Typography at ATypI

After a trial run of this subject at the Kerning conference this summer, I gave another presentation about the typography of vintage gay magazines, at ATypI in Montreal a couple of weeks ago.

Missing from the clip is my opening joke, which went over well: “The last talk of the day before cocktails seems like a good time to talk about gay porn.”

September 29, 2017 3:55 PM

Marginalized Typography

Kerning 2017, June 9 — Dan Rhatigan - Marginalized Typography from GrUSP on Vimeo.

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August 8, 2017 10:02 AM

TYPO Labs: Variable Fonts Progress Report

Fastest upload ever! I just gave this talk earlier today at TYPO Labs in Berlin. I've barely slept for the last two days, so I'm surprised that I sound so lucid.

Since last September’s announcement of the new OpenType 1.8 spec, variable fonts have been moving from concepts and demos into practical solutions. This overview will summarize the progress made so far on new fonts, the environments that can support them, and what some designers have already learned to do with them.

Update: And here's a nice montage of scenes and impressions from the event:

April 6, 2017 12:16 PM

Source Han Serif: An open source Pan-CJK typeface

When I started at Adobe last September, the Adobe Type team had been hard at work for quite some time on a major project: Source Han Serif, a serif-style family supporting pan-CJK languages. This is a follow-up to Source Han Serif, but pushes the scope a little further than that project, particularly in that it turns out to have been the original story for Frank Grießhammer’s wonderful Source Serif, as well.

I didn’t do much for the project itself other than keep an eye on its progress while my better-qualified colleagues finished what they'd started, but thy were kind enough to let me talk about the work and how it fits in with Adobe Type’s overall mission, which IS my job to worry about.

April 4, 2017 11:23 AM

HOWLive with Ilise Benun

Today's media blitz continues with an interview with me on Ilise Benun’s HOWLive podcast.

In the latest HOWLive podcast interview, Ilise Benun, founder of Marketing-Mentor.com and Program Partner for HOW Design Live talks with Dan Rhatigan of Adobe Typekit about the democratization of type and how technology is transforming type with color fonts, variable fonts and the rise of emoji.

March 28, 2017 11:55 AM

SVA Type Lab

For the last few Summers I have been one of the instructors for the SVA Type Lab, a 4-week course in typeface design here in New York. This year, we’ve been trying to promote the course with some cute short videos:

Meet TypeLab instructor Dan Rhatigan @ultrasparky and his typographic tattoos - - #timespacecommunity #typography #typeface #typetuesday #type #typeinspire #typedesign #typematters #typeeverything @svace

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What's your least favorite letterform, the most elegant, the most underrated? Tell us in the comments! Here's how Typelab instructors @ultrasparky and @tobias.frerejones, and @samarskaya answered. - - #typethursdays #timespacecommunity #typography #typeface #type #typeinspire #typedesign #typematters #typeeverything @svace​

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March 28, 2017 11:46 AM
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