Keynote Speaker, Workshop Instructor
Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, author, and self-described “avid internetter” working in San Francisco and Brooklyn. After graduating with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art, she worked for Headcase Design in Philadelphia before taking a position as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. While working for Louise, Jessica also maintained a busy freelance career and in 2009, after two and a half years of little sleep and a lot of lettering, she left to further her freelance career and embark on several personal projects.
Jessica has become as well known for her side projects as she has for her client work. While she doesn’t consider herself a web designer, many of her personal projects are web-centric. Her project Daily Drop Cap, is probably the reason you first stumbled across Jessica’s work, and she’s created several educational micro-sites including Mom This is How Twitter Works, Should I Work for Free? and Don’t Fear the Internet (a collaborative project with Russ Maschmeyer).
She is actively involved in the design, illustration, and type communities (serving on the Type Directors Club board from 2012 to 2015) and is a prolific public speaker, appearing at colleges and conferences worldwide.
Jessica’s clients includes Wes Anderson, Tiffany & Co., The United States Postal Service, The New York Times, Penguin Books, Target, Starbucks, and Wired Magazine. She’s been named a Print Magazine New Visual Artist (20 under 30), one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design two years in a row, an ADC Young Gun, and a “Person to Watch” by GD USA. Her first book, In Progress, is available through Chronicle Books. She is a New York Times bestselling author for her children’s book Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave. That as well as the book’s follow-up, Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind, are available through Amazon.