Jessica Hische

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Jessica Hische
MK12307 BeyondTellerand Jessica Hische.jpg
Born 1984[1]
Charleston, South Carolina[1]
Nationality US
Jessica Hische as a speaker at the 2014 Beyond Tellerrand conference

Jessica Hische (born Jessica Nicole Hische, 1984) is an American letterer, illustrator, and type designer. She is best known for her personal projects, 'Daily Drop Cap'[2] and the 'Should I Work for Free' flowchart.[3] She published "In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector" in September 2015, which gives insight to her creative process and work she has completed as a hand lettering artist.[4] She splits her time between San Francisco, CA and Brooklyn, NY.


Hische was born in Charleston, South Carolina on April 4th, 1984.[1]

In 2006, Hische graduated from the Tyler School of Art with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design.[5]


After graduating in 2006, Hische worked for Headcase Design in Philadelphia, PA. She then took a position as Senior Designer at Louise Fili's studio, Louise Fili Ltd, where she worked for two and a half years. In 2009, Hische left Louise Fili Ltd to further her freelance career as the letterer, illustrator, and type designer she is known as today.[6][7]

Hische has been featured in the journals/magazines Forbes,[8][9] GDUSA,[10] and Print.[11]

Together with Fili, Hische designed the eye-catching "Love" stamp for the US Postal Service, which ended up selling over 250 million stamps.[12]

She has designed the book covers for Dave Eggers's novels A Hologram for the King (2012)[13] and The Circle (2013).[14]

Hische designed the packaging for comedian John Hodgman's comedy special John Hodgman: Ragnarok.[15]

She has also designed the most recent logo revision for email marketing service provider MailChimp under the art direction of Ron Lewis.[16]

Hische has worked with clients such as Wes Anderson, Dave Eggers, Penguin Books, The New York Times, Tiffany & Co., OXFAM America, McSweeney’s, American Express, Target, Victoria’s Secret, Chronicle Books, Nike, Samsung, and Wired Magazine.[6][17] She was honoured with the Young Gun award of the ADC.[18]

Joining forces with her web designer husband, Russ Maschmeyer,[19] they created a side project called "Don't Fear the Internet",[20] a tutorial website that teaches basic HTML and CSS to beginning web designers.

Hische currently works out of Title Case, a by-appointment-only collaborative studio in San Francisco, CA. Hische operates this studio with fellow letterer and designer, Erik Marinovich.[7] She has also shared studios with Studiomates[21] and The Pencil Factory.[22]


Hische counts designers Matthew Carter, Marian Bantjes, Chris Ware, Doyald Young, Ed Benguiat, and Alex Trochut among her heroes in type and lettering.[23]


Though Hische predominantly works in lettering, she has produced a number of commercial and proprietary typefaces.


  • Breuer, Gerda, Meer, Julia (ed): Women in Graphic Design, p. 475, Jovis, Berlin 2012 (ISBN 978-3-86859-153-8)
  • Hische, Jessica and Fili, Louise (preface): In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector. Chronicle Press, 2015 (ISBN 978-1452136226)


  1. ^ a b c Luc Devroye. "Jessica Hische". Luc Devroye. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
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  3. ^ "Jessica Hische - the lettering type". The New Zealand Herald. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
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  5. ^ Jessica Hische. "Jessica Hische - Press Page". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  6. ^ a b Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - Press Page". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - About". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Susan Adams (19 December 2011). "Jessica Hische, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, 27 - In Photos: 30 Under 30: Art & Design - Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  9. ^ Susan Adams (17 December 2012). "Jessica Hische, Graphic Designer, 28 - In Photos: 30 Under 30: Art & Style - Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  10. ^ "Jessica Hische". GDUSA. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  11. ^ Jane Lerner (20 June 2009). "Jessica Hische". Print (magazine). Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
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  13. ^ "Jessica Hische - A Hologram for the King". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  14. ^ "Jessica Hische - The Circle". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  15. ^ John Hodgman (1 December 2013). "John Hodgman, When the world did not end in 2012, I was left...". Tumblr. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  16. ^ Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - MailChimp". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - About". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jessica Hische YG7". Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
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  23. ^ Zachary Petit (23 November 2014). "Jessica Hische on Jessica Hische". Print (magazine). Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  24. ^ "Buttermilk™ - Desktop font « MyFonts". MyFonts. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  25. ^ "Snowflake - Desktop font « MyFonts". MyFonts. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  26. ^ "Jessica Hische — Brioche Font". Jessica Hische. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  27. ^ "New Font Release: New layered typeface Minot by Jessica Hische". Typecache. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  28. ^ Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - Silencio Sans". Jessica Hische. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  29. ^ "New Font Release: Tilda‚ Jessica Hische’s typeface for Moonrise Kingdom". Typecache. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 

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