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Magpie Paper Works

Nestled in rural North America, you’ll find the farmhouse that’s home to Magpie Paper Works. If the foundry’s owner and sole designer, Jessica McCarty, isn’t tucked inside designing typefaces, she’s more than likely out chicken wrangling and apple picking.

Jessica left behind agency life in 2010, opting instead to create her own studio. Her first font, Saissant, a rough, kinetic calligraphy script, was a non-traditional typeface that was almost instantly very popular. “I created Saissant,” she says, “because I was working on a client’s project and needed a font that looked truly handmade and wild, only to discover that there weren’t really any options available at the time. I figured that if I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I should make it instead. The rest was history!”

The self-taught designer approaches each project with a strong background in calligraphy and typographic illustration; a toolset that brings a hand-lettered feel to each of her typefaces. This is especially true for Jessica’s best selling font, Ondise: a calligraphy font with robust Opentype features and a warm, fresh and charming vibe.

Jess says that she’s seen her fonts used in everything from logos and wedding invitations to West Elm catalogs and even in the movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby. “It’s wonderful to have full creative freedom,” she says, “and I adore collaborating directly with clients to help them get the most out of their font purchases.”

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19 font families from Magpie Paper Works

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Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.
Jacob Riley™ Jacob Riley™

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3 font styles from $18.00
A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Quimbly™ Quimbly™

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1 font style from $54.00
Fred specialized in the job of making very quaint wax toys.
Saissant™ Saissant™

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The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.
Woolen™ Woolen™

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2 font styles from $18.00
A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
RF Marshall RF Marshall

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When we go back to Juarez, Mexico, do we fly over picturesque Arizona?
Saltpetre™ Saltpetre™

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6 font styles from $26.00
Barkeep! A flaming tequila swizzle and a vodka and Ajax, hold the cherry.
Liesel™ Liesel™
Liesel™ Liesel™
Liesel™ Liesel™
Liesel™ Liesel™
Liesel™ Liesel™

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Was there a quorum of able whizzkids gravely exciting the jaded fish at ATypI?
Campland™ Campland™

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The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.
Ondise™ Ondise™

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The big plump jowls of zany Dick Nixon quiver.
Ahra™ Ahra™

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1 font style from $42.00
Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.
Plinth™ Plinth™
Plinth™ Plinth™
Plinth™ Plinth™
Plinth™ Plinth™
Plinth™ Plinth™

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2 font styles from $14.00
Ebenezer unexpectedly bagged two tranquil aardvarks with his jiffy vacuum cleaner.
Cerise™ Cerise™
Cerise™ Cerise™
Cerise™ Cerise™
Cerise™ Cerise™
Cerise™ Cerise™

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Quincy Jones vowed to fix the bleak jazz program.
Rivea™ Rivea™
Rivea™ Rivea™
Rivea™ Rivea™
Rivea™ Rivea™
Rivea™ Rivea™

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Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.
Vermandois™ Vermandois™
Vermandois™ Vermandois™
Vermandois™ Vermandois™
Vermandois™ Vermandois™
Vermandois™ Vermandois™

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4 font styles from $14.00
Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky beziers.
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™

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Jail zesty vixen who grabbed pay from quack.
Dasha™ Dasha™
Dasha™ Dasha™
Dasha™ Dasha™
Dasha™ Dasha™
Dasha™ Dasha™

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3 font styles from $18.00
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Ghouligoo™ Ghouligoo™
Ghouligoo™ Ghouligoo™
Ghouligoo™ Ghouligoo™
Ghouligoo™ Ghouligoo™
Ghouligoo™ Ghouligoo™

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1 font style from $46.00
Quip-crazy Gorbachev went and mixed flapjacks.
Mignonette™ Mignonette™
Mignonette™ Mignonette™
Mignonette™ Mignonette™
Mignonette™ Mignonette™
Mignonette™ Mignonette™

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Ebenezer unexpectedly bagged two tranquil aardvarks with his jiffy vacuum cleaner.
Sullivan™ Sullivan™
Sullivan™ Sullivan™
Sullivan™ Sullivan™
Sullivan™ Sullivan™
Sullivan™ Sullivan™