Mott Jordan studied studio art and design at U.C. Santa Cruz, and was a self-employed sign painter and later a full-time graphic artist at a local weekly. His type design career began in earnest under Ilene Strizver at International Typographic Corporation in the mid-1990s, releasing two typefaces (ITC Verkehr and ITC Hornpype). By the mid-2010s, Jordan had formed the Mysterylab Foundry and today has approximately 36 offerings that represent an eclectic mix of retro 1960s and 1970s styles, ornate Victorian and old west fonts, futurist/experimental designs, and multi-weight workhorses. He operates a graphic design business near Santa Cruz, California and continues to add new releases to his typographic range.