The objective of this project is to build a one-page website about an designer or illustrator we chose from a list. I drew my favorite, Jessica Hische!
Jessica Hische is a typographer and illustrator and self-described “avid internetter”, working in Brooklyn, New York and best known for her personal projects Daily Drop Cap and the Should I Work for Free flowchart. After graduating from Tyler School of Art with a degree in Graphic Design, she worked for Headcase Design in Philadelphia before taking a position as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. While working for Louise, she continued developing her freelance career, working for clients such as Tiffany & Co., Chronicle Books, and The New York Times. In September of 2009, after two and a half years of little sleep and a lot of hand lettering, she left Louise Fili to pursue her freelance career further. Jessica has been featured in most major design and illustration publications including Communication Arts, Print Magazine, How Magazine, The Graphis Design Annual, American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators. She was featured as one of Step Magazine’s 25 Emerging Artists, Communication Arts “Fresh”, Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists 2009 (commonly referred to as Print’s 20 under 30), and The Art Directors Club Young Guns.
Hische says the more she surrounds herself with people who work in related disciplines, the more she loves learning about them. Although typography and hand-lettering in particular dominate, she likes to keep a good mix of work and says she’d lose her mind if she had to do only one thing for the rest of her life. “A lot of print designers get so hung up on learning only about their field and not about the other realms of design. It’s not beneficial.”
When not doing client work, Jessica tends to keep busy working on websites and side projects that are fun and occasionally even helpful to others. Below is a selection of some of the projects she’s worked on which are still up and running.
Don’t Fear the Internet: Jessica and Russ (of Strange Native) collaborate to demystify coding and teach html and css to the non-web-savvy.
Inker Linker: Inker Linker is a great way to find the right printer. The site is searchable by service, availability, price range and of course printing method.
Daily Drop Cap: Twelve alphabets worth of illustrative initial caps, this project is now complete but the site remains up for your enjoyment and inspiration.
Should I Work for Free?: A very handy and humorous chart which will help you figure out whether or not a project should be done pro-bono or if the client should MAKE IT RAIN.
The Accidental Hipster: Jessica’s non-business writing blog which includes narrative restaurant reviews and essays about everything from tattoos to rain boots.
Gift Card designs for Target
Event Poster / Illustration