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BFA Cinema & Photography, Southern Illinois University; 2003
Awards & Features:
• Type of the Year Award, Typographica; 2015
• Designer of the Week, Print Magazine, June 2016
Select Clients :
ABC Studios, Bazmark Films, Camille Bloch, Minted, Public Broadcasting Service, 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. Serving multi-national brands as well as independent artisans, her award-winning typefaces adorn a range of global campaigns & products from best-selling book covers and prime-time network television titling to Swiss chocolates and globally-released films, including the 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Together with Besotted Co., Jess recently launched Rare Bird Font Foundry, where she transforms select artists’ calligraphy into premium Opentype fonts. Featured artists include Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls and Karla Lim. Rare Bird is committed to increasing the visibility & participation of women in type design; the foundry exclusively features the work of female artists and is owned & operated entirely by women.
When not inside designing, Jess can often be found tending to chickens & picking apples on the organic farm she shares with her husband in Southern Illinois.