People to Watch in 2011
Jessica Hische is a typographer and illustrator working in Brooklyn, New York. 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 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. Hische has been featured in most major design and illustration publications. She was featured as one of Step Magazine’s 25 Emerging Artists, Communication Arts “Fresh”, Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists 2009, and The Art Directors Club Young Guns. Her Daily Drop Cap project has been featured on countless design websites and blogs.
Where were you born, where do you live, did this effect your design style or sensibilities?
I was born in Charleston SC but raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, educated in Philadelphia and now reside in Brooklyn. Living in Brooklyn definitely affects my design sensibilities because I’m surrounded by so many designers and illustrators. It is easy to stay on top of what styles are trendy, which are fading, and who is coming into prominence in New York. It’s motivating to be surrounded by so many talented and enthusiastic people — you feel like you have to be constantly evolving and you can’t ever think that your work is good enough to just lean back and coast.
If you were not a designer, what would you do?
I have a major fascination with Social Sciences and Anthropology, so I would have pursued something in that realm.
What advice would you give a design student or young professional just starting out?
Be self-aware. A lot of people struggle in the beginning (or basically any part) of their careers because they don’t embrace and work with their strengths and weaknesses. We designers are in a very interesting position — unlike the rest of the world that strives to stop working as soon as possible, we want to keep working for as long as possible because we love what we do. Figure out what you love to do, and even if it is not the most glamorous or high-paying part of the industry, do it, you'll be happier for it.
People/Design crushes rather than “hero”: Louise Fili, Erik Spiekermann, Christoph Niemann, Chris Ware
It's ever changing, but usually made by H&FJ
Favorite TV Shows?
Arrested Development, Skins (UK), Law and Order, History Channel specials
David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Bryson, Non-fiction facty books
Chinatown, High Fidelity, When Harry Met Sally
garagey rock (new and old), The Beach Boys, The Shangri-Las, old Modest Mouse, standard indie fare
Favorite Fine Artists?
not sure if I have a “favorite”... maybe Do-ho Suh
Netflix.com, svpply.com, gawker.com, countless design blogs
New Year’s Resolution?
Get to work before 10am! (I want to keep more regular hours)