Now readers, I am about to share something rather special with you all... Her name is Jessica Hische and she is a faaaabulous Graphic Designer/Illustrator extraordinaire!! She works in New York/Brooklyn, and creates exceptionally beautiful Typography. This German/American gal is talented to the max and I could look at all her creations for hours! She has a blog: http://jessicahische.blogspot.com/ and website: http://jessicahische.com
She originally studied fine art and when asked what inspired her to get into design she says:
I liked how in design you were solving problems, that there were rules to follow, that the point was for people to GET what you were trying to communicate (unlike in fine art, where if people get it right away, you’re probably doing something wrong). I would procrastinate from all of my other work by working on design projects (I think a good way to figure out your passions are to look at what you do when you’re procrastinating from everything else).
She has a great sense of humour and sense of self. When asked why she started drawing type she explains how none of the free fonts available online gave her the effects she wanted in her designs so she started drawing her own. And aren't we glad she did :) LOOK at this....
Oooooh so pretty!! She has such an incredible style: vintage yet chic, funky yet neatly finished... very art nouveau!
"I love vintage packaging. I like silly roll-your-eyes-ish jokes. I love talking to strangers. I love interior design and vintage/retro furniture design. I’m inspired by other designers and illustrators all the time, by their motivation and by their great work."
What do you feel is the most challenging part of being a designer/illustrator?
"I think pushing yourself to experiment can be really challenging. Once you are good at doing a certain thing, you fall back on it, instead of moving forward and trying new things. You should be always challenging yourself to do new things or at least to push the envelope a little bit."
Jessica follows her own advice in a big way. At the end of 2009 she drew a new drop cap everyday and they are now available online for non-commercial use:
Her work is stunning when translated into Letterpress as can be seen on her beautiful business cards.
Thanku Miss. Hische for being such an inspiration to us all*
Pic sources: http://www.ninjavspenguin.com/blog/2009/08/04/jessica-hisches-first-font-buttermilk/, http://brownpaperandstring.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.html, http://www.typetheory.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/jessicahischebusinesscard.jpg, http://www.ayearofmarriage.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/jessica-hische-daily-drop-cap-C-580x580.jpg, http://theknottybride.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Type-Jessica-Hische-jhische.com_blog_typeforfun1.jpg, http://thesegiants.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/JessicaHische-eureka.jpg, http://www.thedieline.com/.a/6a00d8345250f069e20120a94acd6d970b-550wi, http://payload.spaceshipcollaborative.com/images/culinaryculture.png?cache=0, http://blog.myfonts.com/storage/hische-sampler.jpg, http://www.thinkingforaliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/daily_drop_cap_ABC.gif, http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3108/3112967610_e62698d8c1.jpg?v=0, http://www.imaginarydesign.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/jesica-hische01.jpg