Kelsey Elder is an educator & typographer based in Providence, Rhode Island.


Selected Projects
Typeface
Personal
on-going

Meager 

Identity/Branding
Personal
2021

Drinking Buddies

Identity/Branding
Team
2021

Rise Strength

Programming/Motion
Personal
2020

Letter.matter

Exhibition/Lettering
Team
2019

Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals

Supergraphics
Personal
2019

Ameri-Candied Dreams

Exhibition/Lettering
Team
2019

Dead Bird Letters


Archive
Lettering
Personal
on-going

Greeting Cards

Branding/Experience
Personal
on-going

Lowered Values

Programming/Web
Team
2020

A Wedding Website for Friends

Book Design
Team
2016

Simple Forms, Stunning Glazes

Supergraphic
Personal
2016

Fre$h Patina! (of Fool’s Gold)

Programming/Typeface
Personal
2016

Varnish

Sign/Supergraphic
Team
2016

Casualties & Casual Tees



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☺︎ Type, Design, & Teaching
✏︎ Assistant Professor of Graphic Design @ RISD
⤊ Providence, Rhode Island
Kelsey Elder is an educator and typographer whose practice investigates letterforms as sites of significance, and whose research argues for these sites as culturally important epicenters for queerness, subversion, and dissent. Hailing from the the true North (Detroit by way of Minneapolis), he grew up grazing cold knuckles while wrenching away in the garage on cars and motorcycles. He is an avid petrol head, owner of a small lifestyle company and custom car garage called Lowered Values.

He is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, and has priorly taught at Purchase College of the State University of New York, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Cranbrook Summer Art Institute. His research has been presented and published through various venues including at TypeCon 2019, the Geffen Contemporary, The New School, Mercedes-Benz, Boston University, and the University of Texas. 

He received his BFA in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, his MFA in 2d-Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and is a graduate of the Typeface Design Intensive at the University of Reading.


Please reach out via email for a full CV, teaching philosophy, and for examples of student work.