The Darden Studio

We pursue typography that is the result of earnest inquiry, suited to contemporary technical and design expectations, and rooted in the values and practices of five centuries of typefounding.

Founded by Joshua Darden, we publish work that we want to experience in the hands of others and to use ourselves.

Good typography withstands the whims of fashion. It is aware of its time and place but functioning far into the future. To begin a conversation, please get in touch with us and tell us what you’d like your type to say about you.

Members of the studio:

Joyce Ketterer, Principal and Chief Executive Officer

Joyce joined the studio in 2008, became COO in 2013, CEO in 2016, and agreed to take over ownership in 2019. She takes a hands-on approach, acting as project manager and endeavoring to personally reply to requests via the contact form. She likes long walks on the beach and in her spare time she grows orchids, trains cats, and reads EULAs.

Eben Sorkin, Senior Designer

Eben is often approached by strangers for directions in foreign cities where he doesn’t speak the language nor looks like the local population. He first visited the studio while on a layover as he traveled to the University of Reading Masters in Type Design program; he joined the team soon after completing the program. Founder of  Sorkin Type Co., he applies this ability to fit in anywhere in his work with the studio as a consultant and design collaborator.

Joshua Darden, Founder and Designer Emeritus

Joshua Darden published his first typeface at the age of 15. He founded this studio in 2005, establishing a strong brand of critically acclaimed retail font families – including Omnes and Halyard.

Robert Esmay, Special Projects

After winning his fourth grade kite-building contest, Rob became a syndicated and New Yorker cartoonist, a painter of nudes, and an art show curator. He joined our team in 2008 as a full-time member of the studio, he remains in an ad hoc capacity to consult on brand decisions.

Lucas Sharp, Ex Officio Studio Member

A San Francisco native with a passion for cultivating curvilinear forms with ink, pixels, and in the garden, Luc is a founding partner of  Sharp Type Co. He first joined Darden Studio as an intern in the late 2000s, after studying with Joshua Darden while attending the Communication Design program at Parsons. We are deeply proud of his independent accomplishments and are always excited when we get the opportunity to collaborate presents itself.