Fonts, scripts and types aren’t things that people often think about, beyond jokes and memes featuring comic sans. Jess Cruickshank’s infectious passion as a letterer might change that mindset.
Originally from Brisbane, Jess Cruickshank is an illustrator and letterer who moved to Sydney after feeling that it would provide her with more opportunities and a broader community of artists she could be a part of.
She has a particular love for, in her own words, “fancy old stuff”, where detail and craft were of the utmost importance. And a special appreciation for ornate medieval manuscripts and Victorian-era book covers, where every character was a work of art.
Jess Cruickshank visited Lost at E Minor for a chat, where she told of her childhood inspiration that first got her interested in lettering – ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ books. Each character in the books had their own distinctive font style that reflected their character.
It’s a great way of using lettering in a way that contributes to the books beyond visual style.