Jake Giltsoff

Designer, typographer,
and front-end web developer

Hello, I’m Jake Giltsoff. I live in New York, with my wonderful wife. I design and build websites, and I’m passionate about typography — especially pushing browser limitations to produce great web reading experiences. Whilst not staring at a screen, I can be found out on my bike or working my way through the NY coffee shops.


I work at Adobe Typekit predominantly focusing on the UI / UX of the website, along with other marketing design tasks, Adobe application integrations design, and front-end development & architecture.

I consider myself lucky that I get to think about type and how people visually communicate all day, whilst working alongside a truly great and inspiring team of people.

I also take on select freelance design, typography consulting, and development work — if you have a project in mind, please get in touch.


In 2014 I was shortlisted for the Young Designer of the Year Award by Net Magazine. I studied typography at the University of Reading, in 2012 I was awarded the Vincent Ma Award for the highest achievement in my class.

Side Projects

When I have time I like to keep up-to-date with the latest web technologies. I feel it’s especially important to push typography in browser to experiment with ideas that could become native experiences. Here are some of my recent open source projects:


A web project boilerplate to set text on the web to a baseline grid with Sass & rems using a responsive modular‑scale.

SVG on the web

A practical overview of how you can use SVGs on your websites — with some tips and tricks to get the most out of them.

Typography on the web

Resources & references for web designers and developers to learn more about typography.


Extract from ‘The Future(s) of Typography’ —

“The web is changing the way people communicate, and we get to help guide that change.”

Being a typographer, I concern myself mostly with words and letters. From time-to-time I even go as far as writing some of them down or saying some of them. I previously wrote for the Typecast blog about fonts and typography. I’ve given talks at web design conferences, local meetup events, and lectures to design students. I’ve spoken on topics including typography, digital design, Sass, and SVGs. If you would be interested in having me write for your blog / publication or speaking at your event, please get in touch.

Speaking & Lecturing

University of Reading sessional lecturing (Reading, Nov–Dec 2015), Shropgeek (R)Evolution conference (Shrewsbury, Sept 2015), Hybrid conference (Dublin, Aug 2015), Design Swansea meetup (Swansea, Jul 2015), Sassxsw meetup (Bath, Jun 2015), Breaking Borders meetup (Reading, Jun 2015), Falmouth University guest lecture (Falmouth, Feb 2014), Design & Banter meetup (London, Sept 2013).