Jessica Hische

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Jessica Hische
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BornApril 4, 1984[1]

Jessica Nicole Hische (born April 4, 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. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide,[4] but splits her time between San Francisco, CA and Brooklyn, NY.


Hische was born in Charleston, South Carolina on April 4, 1984.[1] In 2006, Hische graduated from the Tyler School of Art with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design.[5]


Jessica Hische as a speaker at the 2014 Beyond Tellerrand conference

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 a letterer, illustrator, and type designer, citing her appreciation for the balance between work and personal life.[6][7][8]

Hische has been featured in several journals/magazines. She has been mentioned in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list,[9][10] the GDUSA Person to Watch,[11] and Print's New Visual Artist.[12]

Together with Fili, Hische designed the eye-catching "Love" stamp for the US Postal Service, which ended up selling over 250 million stamps.[13]

She has designed the book covers for Dave Eggers's novels A Hologram for the King (2012)[14] and The Circle (2013).[15]

Hische designed the packaging for comedian John Hodgman's comedy special John Hodgman: Ragnarok.[16]

She has also designed the most recent logo revision for email marketing service provider MailChimp under the art direction of Ron Lewis.[17]

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, Adobe, Apple, Barack Obama, Facebook, Harper Collins, Hershey's, Honda, Kellogg's, Macy's, UNICEF, NPR and Wired Magazine.[7][18] She was honoured with the Young Gun award of the Art Directors Club of New York.[19]

Joining forces with her web designer husband, Russ Maschmeyer,[20] they created a side project called "Don't Fear the Internet",[21] a tutorial website that teaches basic HTML and CSS to beginning web designers. She has informative classes available on the website Skillshare.[22]

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.[8] She has also shared studios with Studiomates[23] and The Pencil Factory.[24]


Hische counts designers Matthew Carter, Marian Bantjes, Chris Ware, Doyald Young, Ed Benguiat, and Alex Trochut among her heroes in type and lettering.[25]


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 Books, 2015 (ISBN 978-1452136226)[32]


  1. ^ a b c Luc Devroye. "Jessica Hische". Luc Devroye. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  2. ^ Jessica Hische. "Daily Drop Cap".
  3. ^ "Jessica Hische - the lettering type". The New Zealand Herald. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Jessica Hische - About". Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ Jessica Hische. "Jessica Hische - Press Page". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  6. ^ "Jessica Hische". FREELANCE WISDOM. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  7. ^ a b Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - Press Page". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - About". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  9. ^ Susan Adams (19 December 2011). "Jessica Hische, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, 27 - In Photos: 30 Under 30: Art & Design - Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  10. ^ Susan Adams (17 December 2012). "Jessica Hische, Graphic Designer, 28 - In Photos: 30 Under 30: Art & Style - Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  11. ^ "Jessica Hische". GDUSA. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  12. ^ Jane Lerner (20 June 2009). "Jessica Hische". Print. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  13. ^ Jessica Hische. "Love Stamp".
  14. ^ "Jessica Hische - A Hologram for the King". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  15. ^ "Jessica Hische - The Circle". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Archived from the original on 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  16. ^ John Hodgman (1 December 2013). "John Hodgman, When the world did not end in 2012, I was left..." Tumblr. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  17. ^ Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - MailChimp". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  18. ^ Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - About". Jessica Hische - Awesome. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  19. ^ "Jessica Hische YG7". Retrieved 2015-04-02.
  20. ^ "Russ Maschmeyer".
  21. ^ Jessica Hisch & Russ Maschmeyer. "Don't Fear the Internet".CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  22. ^ "Logotype Masterclass with Jessica Hische | Jessica Hische". Skillshare. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  23. ^ "STUDIOMATES".
  24. ^ "The Pencil Factory".
  25. ^ Zachary Petit (23 November 2014). "Jessica Hische on Jessica Hische". Print. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  26. ^ "Buttermilk™ - Desktop font « MyFonts". MyFonts. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  27. ^ "Snowflake - Desktop font « MyFonts". MyFonts. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  28. ^ "Jessica Hische — Brioche Font". Jessica Hische. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  29. ^ "New Font Release: New layered typeface Minot by Jessica Hische". Typecache. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  30. ^ Hische, Jessica. "Jessica Hische - Silencio Sans". Jessica Hische. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  31. ^ "New Font Release: Tilda‚ Jessica Hische's typeface for Moonrise Kingdom". Typecache. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  32. ^ "In Progress". Chronicle Books. Retrieved 2018-03-30.

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