Originally drawn in 2009, for artist Jake Spicer as part of small website and branding project, over a period of nine months, the typeface was initially commercially released in December 2009. The name ‘Fortescue’ derives from a dwelling in Sidmouth, Devon (UK) where the artist began his career.
Over the years Fortescue has been utilised in a variety of settings and applications, including GQ Magazine (Germany) where bespoke variants were produced. As part of our larger work to re-master and extend our full commercial library, the Fortescue family has been extended, refreshed and remastered into further weights, language support, OpenType features and styles.
Updated in 2019 to span three subfamilies, each with varying optical sizes – a Text variant; for text and running copy usage, where the contrast between stroke width is at its lowest, a Display; for larger usage cases, where the stroke width is at its highest and lastly a Median, that sits between Text and Display.