Get to Know this Typography Superstar: Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische is a designer, illustrator and typographer based in Brooklyn, New York who has been commissioned by dozens of clients including: major companies like Victoria’s Secret, Target and Tiffany & Co.; publications like GQ, Glamour, Wired and InStyle; and huge advertising firms like Young & Rubicam and McCann-Erickson. Her elegant hand-lettered style gained major recognition through a side project she started in 2009, a site called Daily Drop Cap where Hische posted an illustrated drop cap (a.k.a. letter) nearly every day for a year. Her work has been profiled by Communication Arts, Grafik Magazine, and Digital Arts Magazine, (to name a few) and she has earned multiple awards by organizations like Print Magazine, Art Director’s Club (Young Guns 7), and multiple design annuals.

Hische also has a really great FAQ section at this link discussing her experience and the challenges of being a graphic designer and illustrator.

Visit Jessica Hische’s portfolio site here.


Above: “Client: Galison // Art Direction: Juanita Dharmazi // Lettering and design for a day planner.”


Above: “Client: People Magazine // Art Direction: Keir Novesky // Lettering for People Magazine’s special Twilight issue to celebrate the release of the last movie of the Twilight series.”


Above: “Client: Ruhland & Ruhland, Germany // An identity for a fancy deli in Germany. The owner wanted the store to have a vintage feel and wanted a logo that would have the quality of an early 20th century mark but still feel at home in the 21st century.”

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Above: “Client: Sterling Publishing / Barnes & Noble // Art Direction: Jo Obarowski // A series covers of classic books. The books were leather bound and the design was then foil stamped in two foil colors onto the full jacket and spine.”

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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