James Grieshaber was born in 1967 in Detroit, Michigan and studied Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree there. He worked as a typeface designer for the P22 type foundry, among others, and took part in the founding of the International House of Fonts. He won the Award of Excellence in Type Design from the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) for his font Gothic Gothic
and founded his own foundry, Typeco.