Jessica Hische: Uniting Nerds Through Typography!

Just as her url claims, Jessica Hische is awesome. The self-described Letterer, Illustrator, Crazy Cat Lady, and Secret Web Designer opened today’s TYPO SF with an inspiring overview of how, in just a few short years, she’s come from being “that drop cap girl,” and “that should I work for free flowchart girl,” to being one of today’s most well known and loved designers.

Jessica Hische unites nerds through typography at TYPO Connect | Photo Credit: Amber Gregory
Through what she calls “procrastiworking,” Jessica found that you have to pay attention to what you really love doing, and if you’re not doing it at work, find a career that involves more of what you enjoy doing every day. Her numerous and highly successful side projects, and the beautiful lettering she is most known far are a testament to how great your work can be when you truly love what you do.

Jessica shared a bit about her process as well, showing sketches and sharing influences. Inspired by the vast library of her mentor Louise Fili, she developed a philosophy for creating her lettering, which she describes as being akin to “drawing a friend from memory, rather than tracing a photo.” Influenced by the past, yet thoroughly modern and unique.

The TYPO SF audience got a preview of things to come, and Jessica has some more amazing work on the horizon. Be sure to check out her workshops at her studio Title Case.

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische is a letterer and illustrator best known for her personal projects Daily Drop Cap and the Should I Work for Free? flowchart. Just five years out of college, she’s been named one of Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists and an ADC Young Gun, one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design, and currently serves on the TDC board of Directors. She has been profiled in many publications, has traveled the world speaking about lettering and illustration, and has probably consumed enough coffee to power a small nation.

Text — Jack Whittington