Client: Galison. Art Direction: Juanita Dharmazi. Lettering and design for a day planner.

Lecture: Jessica Hische

February 20, 2012
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and self-described "avid internetter." After graduating with a degree in graphic and interactive design from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in 2006, she worked for Headcase Design in Philadelphia before taking a position as senior designer at Louise Fili Ltd. While working for Fili, she learned most of her skills as a letterer and spent upwards of 16 hours every day working (9 for Fili, 7+ for freelance clients). After two and a half years, Hische left to further her freelance career and embark on several fun personal projects. She 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. At its peak, the site had more than 100,000 visitors per month. It culminated with a thirteenth alphabet, each letter crafted by a guest contributor.

Hische has become as well known for her side projects as she has for 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 (with Russ Maschmeyer), each as entertaining as it is helpful. She coined the term "procrastiworking" to describe her tendency to procrastinate on client work by working on personal projects.

Hische's clients includes Tiffany & Co., The New York Times, Penguin Books, Target, Leo Burnett, American Express, and Wired magazine. She has also released several commercial typefaces that are available in her store. Hische has been named a Print magazine New Visual Artist (20 under 30), an ADC Young Gun, a "Person to Watch" by GD USA, and one of 25 Emerging Artists by STEP magazine. She's been personally profiled in many magazines including Eye Magazine (UK), Communication Arts, Grafik magazine (UK), and Novum magazine (Germany). She is currently serving on the Type Directors Club Board of Directors and divides her time fairly evenly between San Francisco, Brooklyn, and airports en route to design and illustration conferences.