AMA: Jessica Hische, Lettering Artist & Type Designer

8 years ago from Jessica Hische, Letterer / Procrastiworker

  • Melissa Nurre, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    Thanks so much for doing this. First of all I wanted to say, I've followed your work since I was an art student and I've really appreciated you sharing your knowledge throughout the years.

    My question is - as someone who's looking for a strong design community - how has living in San Francisco shaped your work differently vs when you were living in Brooklyn? Does startup life ever intrigue you?

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    • Jessica HischeJessica Hische, 8 years ago

      I definitely spend more time hanging out with people in tech here than I did in NYC. In Brooklyn, I have two main groups of friends—a group of mostly illustrators, and a group of mostly graphic designers / web leaning folks. It was great to see the world from both perspectives and to talk to A LOT of people that were in a similar situation to myself—fulltime freelance doing mostly client work. Here, I feel like the freelance design / illustration community is TINY but strong. I feel like more of an anomaly in a city where most of the people my age are working for startups / tech companies.

      There are a few things about startup life that intrigue me for sure. I love working with people and think I would thrive in a busy office. I would love to know that if I wanted to go on a last minute vacation there was someone I could delegate my work to (right now, I'd just be screwing over clients if I decided to randomly skip town). But overall, I really like being the master of my own schedule and I love that every few weeks I'm working on entirely new projects. I'm terrible at working on big long term projects so the high turnaround of freelance work is best for me.

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