Kestrel flys into view

Ben Moss.
November 13, 2012
Kestrel flys into view.

ThumbnailBorn in London, England in the early 1950s, Alan Meeks began his career as a trainee artist, typographer and typeface designer in 1970.

He joined Letraset as senior designer and studio manager in 1975, where he was responsible for artistic output, including 40 of his own typefaces. Together with Type Director Colin Brignall, Meeks is credited with transforming Letraset into a major player within the industry.

In the mid-1980s Meeks left Letraset to go freelance, working on a number of high-profile typographic commissions for international retailers, sports events and certain lumpy-backed tobacco company.

In 2008 Meeks launched alanmeeks​.com to make his typefaces available for purchase. Unfortunately the site leaves a lot to be desired, with purchases made via call-back and no automation.

Riding to the rescue comes fontshop​.com who, for the first time this month, have made many of Meeks’ fonts available to buy on their site.

The pick of the bunch is Kestrel Script, a lovely free-flowing brush script the manages to evoke the grace and ease of the bird of prey, the retro feel also recalls the cultural backdrop of Ken Loach’s heartbreaking 1969 film of similar name.


Unusually for a display script it’s the lowercase letters that are most appealing, the forms appearing to made with brush, ink and a casual flick of the wrist. They are in fact carefully crafted, balanced and weighted to create a very readable and even looking set of glyphs. The effortlessly sculptural lowercase r’ is a particular favourite.


Perfect for display, Kestrel is ideal for introducing an element of cool to your projects.

You can buy Kestrel from fontshop​.com for $45. (If you can afford to wait a short while you can save yourself quite a few pounds by ordering directly from alanmeeks​.com for £25.)

What scripts do you find work well online? Have you used Kestrel Script in a project? Let us know in the comments.

Featured image/​thumbnail uses, kestrel image via Shutterstock

Ben Moss

Ben Moss is Senior Editor at WebdesignerDepot. He’s designed and coded work for award-winning startups, and global names including IBM, UBS, and the FBI. One of these days he’ll run a sub-4hr marathon. Say hi on Twitter.

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