Jake Giltsoff

Type & Code

Design creates debate

Hi, I’m Jake. I design and make things mostly for the web. I’m passionate about type and typography—especially pushing the limitations of typography in browser to produce great reading experiences. I work at Typekit and am based in the Bristol, UK.

I previously studied Typography & Graphic Communication at possibly the best institution to do so in the world—the University of Reading. Whilst there I learned about the history & traditions of typography and wrote my dissertation on Responsive Typography.

I like my coffee from Pact & my beer from America. Off screen I enjoy getting out on my bike, and whenever possible going skiing. I collect typography and design magazines & books, and occasionally get round to reading them.

Selected works

Yard Life Festival

Yard Life Festival

Design • Development

A two day charity music & arts festival in London to raising money for MS Research. After working on the very sadly canceled first Yard Life Festival website, I was happy to be able help out again for the 2014 event. The website was built with Mixture & Statamic. The super fresh logo is by Mr Gresty.

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Mixture

Design • Front-end development

Being a big fan of Mixture, and using it most days, made designing the new website for them as one of my first projects at fffunction very exciting! I had a lot of fun with the design—using SVG illustrations and CSS3 animations to show off some of the main features.

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Mixture
Sassline

Sassline

Development • Design • Typography

An open source mobile-first boilerplate for designing and setting text on the web to a baseline grid with rems and Sass. It has recommended typographic styles, including the use of OpenType features, and mixins to work proportionally from the baseline grid. It has one aim & one aim only—to spread better typography across the responsive environment that is the web.

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Create Portfolio

Design • Guide • WordPress theme development

A guide aimed at helping students set up a portfolio website as easily (and cheaply!) as possible. It is accompanied with a WordPress theme tailored for creative students to add their content and also have a basic blog. It is available to use for free and I am currently working on v2 of the theme and guide.

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Create Portfolio
notmymum.com

Notmymum.com

Design • Branding • Front-end Development

Front-end mock up and branding for a social enterprise worked on with Rob Sterlini. ‘Notmymum.com’ is an alternative for student living, aiming to help pair families with a spare room with students in need of accommodation across the UK. It’s main aim is to save people money. We worked from an initial concept to design the entire process, business model and branding.

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Typeface Design at Reading

Design • Development

A redesign of the Typeface Design course at The University of Reading’s website for Gerry Leonidas, amalgamating the previously separate blog and resources. The typefaces used on the site are designed by graduates of the department—Iskra by Thomas Grace, and Abril Text by José Scaglione & Veronika Burian.

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Typeface Design at Reading