Ken Barber

Ken Barber

During his formative years, Ken honed his drawing skills copying Don Martin comics from the pages of his older brother’s Mad magazine collection. After appearing on local television to discuss a winning design entry for his high school art show, Ken gained the confidence to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In college, he befriended Allen Mercer and started freelancing for Brand Design. Based on some of the lettering he did for various school projects, Ken designed a few embarrassingly low royalty-earning fonts for House Industries before seeking his fortune as a graphic design personality in New York, where he languished away at several studios creating everything from employee benefits brochures to AAA baseball team mascots. His friends at House Industries rescued him from impending mediocrity by hiring him as a full-time employee in 1996. Since then, Ken has managed to get his greasy little hands into everything from illustration to lettering. A number of his typefaces have even garnered him a few fancy awards from the Type Directors Club. In his spare time he conducts lettering workshops and corrupts the minds of students at Maryland Institute, College of Art.