Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische


Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, author, and self-described 'avid internetter'. Shortly after going freelance, Jessica began Daily Drop Cap, a project in which every day she created a new illustrative letter, working through the alphabet a total of twelve times.

The popularity of Daily Drop Cap really kickstarted her career as a letterer, and has inspired many other designers to start daily lettering projects. Daily Drop Cap concluded in 2011, but you can find the letters in all sorts of places, from postcard sets to iPhone cases.

Jessica has become as well known for her side projects aswell as her client work. While she doesn't consider herself a web designer, many of her personal projects are web-centric. She's created several educational micro-sites including Mom This is How Twitter Works, Should I Work for Free? and Don't Fear the Internet (a collaborative project with Russ Maschmeyer).

She coined the term 'procrastiworking' to describe her tendency to procrastinate on client work by working on personal projects. Jessica is actively involved in the design, illustration, and type communities (serving on the Type Directors Club board from 2012 to 2015) and is a prolific public speaker, appearing at colleges and conferences worldwide.

Her clients includes Wes Anderson, The United States Postal Service, Tiffany & Co., The New York Times, Penguin Books, Target, Starbucks, American Express, and Wired Magazine.

She has been named a Print Magazine New Visual Artist (20 under 30), one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design, an ADC Young Gun, and a 'Person to Watch' by GD USA.


Lettering Is Not Fonts

Jessica Hische has compiled an impressive portfolio encompassing illustration, lettering, and commercial typefaces.

She is recognized as one of today's most influential emerging voices in typographic design.

In her session, Jessica will give an overview of the lettering and type design industries, discuss why we're all responsible for keeping specialized industries alive, show a fair amount of pretty pictures, and probably curse a lot.

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