Watch Jessica Hische’s “Less Exciting Work” talk
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
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.