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Magpie Paper Works

Nestled in the high corn of rural Illinois, 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. Being a good Midwestern farm-girl, 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.

Jessica 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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2 font styles from $18.00
West quickly gave Bert handsome prizes for six juicy plums.
RF Marshall RF Marshall
RF Marshall RF Marshall
RF Marshall RF Marshall
RF Marshall RF Marshall
RF Marshall RF Marshall

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1 font style from $32.00
Packing five dozen waxy liquor jugs? Must be a typophile.
Jacob Riley™ Jacob Riley™

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1 font style from $32.00
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.
Woolen™ Woolen™
Woolen™ Woolen™
Woolen™ Woolen™
Woolen™ Woolen™
Woolen™ Woolen™

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2 font styles from $20.00
King Alexander was just partly overcome after quizzing Diogenes in his tub.
Campland™ Campland™
Campland™ Campland™
Campland™ Campland™
Campland™ Campland™
Campland™ Campland™

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6 font styles from $26.00
Whacky pangram quiz flummoxed Steve Jobs.
Liesel™ Liesel™
Liesel™ Liesel™
Liesel™ Liesel™
Liesel™ Liesel™
Liesel™ Liesel™

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1 font style from $32.00
Jay visited back home and gazed upon a brown fox and quail.
Saltpetre™ Saltpetre™
Saltpetre™ Saltpetre™
Saltpetre™ Saltpetre™
Saltpetre™ Saltpetre™
Saltpetre™ Saltpetre™

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1 font style from $54.00
Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.
Saissant™ Saissant™
Saissant™ Saissant™
Saissant™ Saissant™
Saissant™ Saissant™
Saissant™ Saissant™

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2 font styles from $16.00
The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.
Dasha™ Dasha™
Dasha™ Dasha™
Dasha™ Dasha™
Dasha™ Dasha™
Dasha™ Dasha™

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1 font style from $42.00
Wavy Jake’s fat zebra had Mexican pig liquor.
Plinth™ Plinth™
Plinth™ Plinth™
Plinth™ Plinth™
Plinth™ Plinth™
Plinth™ Plinth™

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2 font styles from $12.00
The July sun caused a fragment of pine wax to ooze on the black velvet quilt.
Vermandois™ Vermandois™

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3 font styles from $18.00
Seiji Ozawa quit, vexing rabid symphonic folk.
Quimbly™ Quimbly™
Quimbly™ Quimbly™
Quimbly™ Quimbly™
Quimbly™ Quimbly™
Quimbly™ Quimbly™

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2 font styles from $14.00
Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky Beziers.
Cerise™ Cerise™
Cerise™ Cerise™
Cerise™ Cerise™
Cerise™ Cerise™
Cerise™ Cerise™

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4 font styles from $14.00
Suez sailor vomits jauntily abaft while waxing parquet decks.
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™
Mirabelle™ Mirabelle™

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1 font style from $32.00
Cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen.
Ondise™ Ondise™
Ondise™ Ondise™
Ondise™ Ondise™
Ondise™ Ondise™
Ondise™ Ondise™

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3 font styles from $36.00
Jeez, by TV film Schwarzkopf expunged Iraq.
Ahra™ Ahra™
Ahra™ Ahra™
Ahra™ Ahra™
Ahra™ Ahra™
Ahra™ Ahra™

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1 font style from $36.00
We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.
Sullivan™ Sullivan™
Sullivan™ Sullivan™
Sullivan™ Sullivan™
Sullivan™ Sullivan™
Sullivan™ Sullivan™

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2 font styles from $36.00
Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.
Rivea™ Rivea™
Rivea™ Rivea™
Rivea™ Rivea™
Rivea™ Rivea™
Rivea™ Rivea™

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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™