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Education // BFA Cinema & Photography, Southern Illinois University; 2003

Select Clients // ABC Studios, Bazmark Films, Camille Bloch, Minted, Penguin Group,
 Southern Weddings Magazine
In 2010, designer Jess McCarty left behind a decade of agency life & city living to start Magpie Paper Works, a boutique typographic foundry specializing in hand-drawn fonts and custom lettering for multinational brands as well as independent artisans. Her fully-featured, robust typefaces adorn a range of global campaigns & products, from West Elm catalogs and best-selling book covers to Swiss chocolates and the movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Jess draws inspiration from vintage calligraphy, antique printing blocks and the quiet peculiarities of rural life. When not inside designing, she can often be found tending to chickens & picking apples on the organic farm she shares with her husband in Southern Illinois.