Chelsea & The City: My design crush, Jessica Hische

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Everyone has their design crush. That one person you can just never get enough of and aspire to be as cool as someday. That one person who inspires you and makes you want to work harder, even when want to give up. My design crush is Jessica Hische. Someday, I will meet Jessica and (crossing my fingers) be her best friend. But for now, I just sit and look through her beautiful work over and over again.

01One thing that is so inspiring about Jessica is how young she is and how much she accomplished right out of school. Just three years after she graduated college, she
started a project called the Daily Drop Cap that really started to get her work (and talent) out there. While she was working for her design hero in Brooklyn (Louise Fili Ltd.) she spent all of her extra time freelancing and building up her incredible portfolio. She was featured in Forbes “30 under 30” TWICE and has recently opened a studio in San Francisco with Erik Marinovich called Title Case. I also may or may not have an iPhone case with one of her C drop caps on it… but that’s besides the point. She is a superstar.

Jessica is extremely inspiring to me. I never got a chance to study any sort of hand lettering in school, but it is a passion of mine that I really want the
chance to pursue. Seeing the detail and beauty of her creations makes me so excited about what I do and makes me realize that the possibilities of what I could do in my career are endless.

So Jessica, if you’re out there anywhere — know I am not a stalker — just an extreme fan. Also Jessica loves cake and if you ever want to her send her cake (another one of her quirky, awesome side projects) you can do that here. And if your parents still don’t understand twitter, she made a very simple guide to explain here. Now my mom finally understands, or at least tries to. Last but not least, she got married this past year and made the most beautiful wedding website that may have ever existed. There are really no words to describe it, so you should take a look for yourself here.

I would love to hear who other people’s design heros are – the amount of talented, incredible people out there never seem to end and I want to see them all!

— Chelsea

(Chelsea Kardokus is a freelance designer for TIME magazine in New York City. See more of her work here.)