Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, entrepreneur, designer, speaker and author who’s worked with clients like Penguin Books and Wes Anderson and recently published a book called “In Progress” which is an incredibly detailed look at her process from sketch to final deliverables – definitely a must-read for any of you lettering fanatics out there. She’s also got this amazing library of side projects like Daily Drop Cap (exactly what it sounds like), a site called Don’t Fear The Internet which teaches HTML and CSS to designers, ShouldIWorkForFree.com – a flow chart which answers that exact question – and literally 10 more. Insanely prolific.
In addition to being an incredibly talented artist, Jessica is SMART, holy crap! She semi-jokingly refers to herself as putting the brain of an engineer in a creative role, but that’s really the perfect way to put it – she has a very pragmatic, analytical and no-bullshit way of looking at creativity that’s super refreshing and compelling – if you’re looking for someone to put things gently with a bunch of flowery evocative language then she’s not the one you’re looking for, but – on the other hand – if you want to hear some real talk — practical, specific advice on creating and growing a career in design or any other creative field then you’re in the right place.