Jessica Hische is a lettering artist and author based on Oakland, California. Raised in a small town in Pennsylvania, she became enamored with art at a very young age and received an amazing amount of encouragement from her parents and teachers to pursue what many would consider an impractical career. She attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she studied graphic design and first dipped her toes into illustration and lettering. Soon after graduating, Jessica was hired as a designer at Louise Fili Ltd. It was under Louise's mentorship that she honed her lettering skills and formed a deep appreciation for proper letterform drafting.   

In 2009, after years of balancing a full-time job and a healthy freelance illustration workload, Jessica ventured out on her own and has been operating as a one-woman studio ever since. She’s had the pleasure of creating art, lettering, and typefaces for clients like Wes Anderson, Starbucks, The New York Times, Target, Tiffany & Co., Apple, Facebook, Google, Gap Inc., and the USPS. Aside from being named a Forbes 30 under 30, an ADC Young Gun, and a Print Magazine New Visual Artist (30 under 30), she and her work have been featured in numerous design and illustration publications around the globe including Eye Magazine (UK), Print Magazine, HOW Magazine, Communication Arts, Grafik Magazine (UK), and Novum Magazine (Germany)

Jessica 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. She travels a bit less these days, as she is also a mom to two little ones. Jessica and her husband, Russ Maschmeyer, have worked together on a number of projects, but Ramona and Charlie are, by far, their best collaborative effort. 

Tomorrow I'll be Brave is Jessica’s first children's book. It was inspired by her children, but also by what she sees as her true calling—to empower people to pursue their dreams and to make the impossible seem possible.


To see more of Jessica’s work, visit her website

Author photo by Helena Price