Ken O’Brien

Originally inspired by his mother’s work as a needlepoint artist, Ken’s early experience as a Hallmark Cards lettering artist led him to create the font Ken under calligrapher Rick Cusick. He went on to serve as a graphic designer in San Francisco for Meta Design, Chronicle Books and Landor Associates, where he aided in the development of a custom typeface for HP. During a typographic workshop at ArtCenter(Europe) in Switzerland, Jane Patterson directed Ken in the creation of the playful font Ravie, seen on MTV Flavor of Love, ID magazine, and Nestle’s Crunch Bar Mocha. Now residing in the Napa Valley, Ken designs labels for wineries including Franciscan Estate, Robert Mondavi Winery and Folie à Deux. He received his degree in graphic design from The University of Oklahoma, continued his graphic design studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Switzerland and has instructed typography and graphic design courses at California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland and The Academy of Art College in San Francisco.


Ken’s Fonts
· Ravie

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