A good quality, stylish, “old-school” font from Oxfordshire designers Hicksdesign, based upon the distinctive handwriting of Glasgow architect and potential Oscar Wilde impersonator Charles Rennie Mackintosh, evocative of the paintings of contemporary artist John William Waterhouse.
Hill House is a typeface based on the distinctive handwriting of Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). The Hill House is a building originally designed for the publisher Walter Blackie, and is now in the care of The National Trust for Scotland. Now that the copyright on his handwriting style is in the public domain, this typeface is seen everywhere in Glasgow, from jewelers to chip shops!
To quote the designer of the font, “Hill House isn’t foundry quality, but it is free – just don’t redistribute it and pass it off as your own.”
While the humility of the designer isn’t up for the debate, the quality certainly is—I’m declaring myself an instant fan—and designer-typical quibbles over em-spacing or character kerning aside and forgotten, this font is sure to be gracing many of my upcoming design projects, and now hopefully yours.
Download the font: Hill House font at Hicksdesign.