Jess McCarty

Jess McCarty is a professional lettering artist and font developer based in Southern Illinois. In 2010, after a decade of serving Fortune 500 clients in corporate communications, she launched Magpie Paper Works, a boutique foundry specializing in hand-drawn fonts. Her typefaces adorn a range of global campaigns & products for both multi-national brands as well as independent artisans.

As part of her efforts to elevate calligraphy scripts in the marketplace, she recently co-founded Rare Bird Font Foundry, where she transforms select artists’ calligraphy into premium OpenType fonts. Rare Bird is committed to increasing the visibility and participation of women in type design; the foundry features the work of female artists and is owned entirely by women.