Jessica Hische on lettering through life and the creative side of business

Episode Summary

This is episode eight of DN FM. Through interviews, news and Office Hours community segments, DN FM aims to spark a meaningful conversation on design.

Episode Notes

Jessica Hische is on the show this week to share all kinds of stories, taking us back to her propensity for art and how it turned into a career; being broke in college and crafting her own typefaces out of necessity; and working with visionaries like Wes Anderson and freelancing for illustrious clients.

Jessica is a lettering artist, designer and author. Her clients include Nike, NPR, New York Times, Samsung and many more. Look out for her work and products.

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Episode Highlights

How Jessica handles criticism and getting specific feedback that goes against what she knows as a designer 4:00

Analog vs. digital tooling 8:00

How Jessica’s propensity for art when she was young eventually turned into a career, what courses she took, how her parents supported her, and why she began lettering 12:20

How working with Louise Fili inspired discipline and business acumen 20:15

What prompted Jessica to begin freelancing, and how she made it work 24:00

Some of Jessica’s side projects, including Daily Drop Cap and the quirky Thousands Under Ninety 28:00

Why work and play are one and the same 37:10

The most common and interesting questions that Jessica gets from young designers 38:00