Mirabelle is a family of four hand-lettered fonts designed to coordinate with each other or stand alone as display faces. Each font was created with a felt-tipped pen & ink, and includes a full set of capital and lowercase letters, as well as multi-lingual support, currency figures, numerals, and punctuation.
Most of my fonts are initially designed with a dip pen & calligraphy nib, so Mirabelle was a fun departure into the world of felt-tipped lettering. I began this project with two coordinating alphabets in mind: the Schoolbook and the Upright styles. Schoolbook is an unconventional script – the letters are intentionally unconnected! At first I wanted to have an alternate option for each letter, but after completing that secondary alphabet it became obvious that the letters worked better as a separate connected script. And so Schoolbook’s ‘kissing cousin’ Script came to life. Once Upright was completed, I designed Slate as a slightly more flourished (but still simple) option. The result is an unusual family of fonts; most members of a font family vary based on weight or thickness but Mirabelle’s fonts coordinate in broader aesthetic ways.