Back in 2003 we did a font based on the lettering of arts and craft artist and book designer Jessie M. King, and it became sort of an orphan font. Although it had many neat features and an interesting look, we never really did anything further with it and it didn’t get the recognition or exposure that it should have.
Jessie M. King was from Glasgow and was a contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. She became famous for her lavish book designs, including ornate frontispieces and decorative embossed book covers. The font is based on hand lettering from a frontispiece design. We hope to have a collection of King’s illustrations to offer soon. Her style is rather reminiscent of Kay Nielsen or Willy Pogany. She was very prolific, but many of her books were paper-bound or hand crafted and are hard to find in decent condition.
The font has some interesting features, including many alternate character forms which nest and interlock with each other. It has upper case characters and variant characters on the lower case, plus a number of additional variant characters so every use looks unique. It preserves the quirks of King’s original design and has a quirky, hand-drawn look, but has added features to make it useful to the modern user.
You can ORDER the full version for only $24.