Michael Picón

Font Crush: Mister K Is The Grace Kelly Of Calligraphy

As a rule, I avoid the typographic category called “hand drawn and calligraphic”. However, when I cast my eyes on this beauty, all bets were off. It was lust at first sight. Mister K is based on Franz Kafka’s own handwriting. His manuscripts had a unique handwriting style with strong calligraphic features.

The folks at the International Society of Typographic Designers awarded it the ISTD Premier Award. Mister K Informal also received a Certificate of Excellence in Typeface Design from the Type Directors Club in 2012.

But enough with all the awards. I love the font for its causal and composed forms. It feels like Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly’s character in Rear Window) has just polished off a note inviting you to lunch next week on her creamy stationary. If I got this in the mail, it would go to the top of my inbox.


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Take a longer look at Mister K here