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Watch Jessica Hische’s “Less Exciting Work” talk

Jessica Hische goes through her own work and shows you what happens when the small and imperceptible becomes even more exciting than the big bright and flashy […]

Earlier this year (sorry if this post is way overdue) I’ve help Marc Thiele with his Beyond Tellerand event in Dusseldorf: it was a great opportunity to connect to the local design community in Germany, but also to meet great designers I respect. I’ll put a write up of all the talks soon, but this is the first of two design “fan boy” posts (one about Jessica Hische and the other about Erik Spiekermann).

Designers try desperately to make work that’s impactful—to create work that will leave people breathless and hungry for more. Young designers in articular are endlessly trying to impress, their designs scream “DESIGN!”, their type choices are bold, their color palettes are disruptive. Many designers carry this momentum throughout there careers, but there are a few that begin to see differently. Instead of focusing on the flash, they hone in on the details, noticing things that others can barely perceive. Does this make their work better? Does it make it boring? Jessica Hische goes through her own work and show you what happens when the small and imperceptible becomes even more exciting than the big bright and flashy.

“Less Exciting Work” video

Jessica Hische – My Illustrious Ascent Toward “Less Exciting” Work – beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf 2014 from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo.

About Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische is a letterer and illustrator best known for her personal projects Daily Drop Cap and the Should I Work for Free? flowchart as well as her work for clients like Wes Anderson, Penguin Books, and Google. She’s been named one of Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists, an ADC Young Gun, and one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design two years in a row. She is currently serving on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has traveled the world speaking about lettering and illustration, and has probably consumed enough coffee to power a small nation.

I was great to see Jessica’s passion about her work, and I even got her to sign my copy of “Today is the Day” Pocket Planner.

My signed copy of "Today is the Day" Pocket Planner, autographed by Jessica Hische
My signed copy of “Today is the Day” Pocket Planner, autographed by Jessica Hische

via BeyondTellerrand

By Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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