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Friday, December 7, 2012

"You’re My Pinspiration" by Jessica Hische

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One of the most rewarding moments on Pinterest is when you come across someone’s boards and instantly realize this person is amazing and you two would probably get along really well.

You can repin, like, write a comment or follow someone to show how you love their taste, but we’re also passionate about the idea of taking moments to celebrate someone who inspires you offline.

This is the concept I brainstormed with one of my “pinspirations,” Jessica Hische.

As a designer, Jessica is someone who I respect a lot in her field of lettering and typography (just some of her clients have included Wes Anderson, Dave Eggers and The New York Times). When she recently moved to San Francisco, we immediately got to thinking about cool project ideas.

Today, we’re really excited to share the holiday cards and posters Jessica Hische designed for us. Each card or poster says “You’re My Pinspiration” in Jessica’s illustrated lettering. They’re available for purchase from the publishing company Sigler Companies. Jessica’s also generously agreed to sell them at cost and we hope these might serve as a special gesture to your personal heroes and friends.

A huge thanks to Jessica for this beautiful design and sharing your art with the Pinterest community! To learn more about Jessica and her work, check out her pinterview below.

Hi Jessica! First, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Charleston South Carolina, but grew up in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two New Jersey born and bred parents. I currently divide my time fairly evenly between San Francisco, Brooklyn, and airplanes en route to conferences.

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What inspires you in your work?

I find inspiration everywhere, sometimes from visual sources like beautiful printed type specimens and sometimes from everyday life—simple quiet moments like long walks by myself or a day spent reading in a coffee shop. What inspires me the most is being surrounded by wonderful, supportive and talented people in the design, illustration, and lettering/type community. I meet folks every day in person and online whose work makes me seethe with jealousy and fills me with excitement to work harder on my own projects.

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Who are some of your favorite pinners?

My favorite way to use Pinterest is to search by keywords because the community is so good about describing and labeling the work that they post. I search for calligraphy, blackletter, type, spencerian—so many general and specific terms that return amazing results. There are so many talented pinners out there too and I’m infinitely impressed with people’s ability to discover and curate beautiful things. Here are some of my favorites: Jana Hamman, Super WetPaint, mrs. french *, and Natasha Jen. What are some of the recent projects you’ve worked on?

The biggest project that I worked on last year was the movie titles for Wes Anderson’s recent film Moonrise Kingdom. This year, I’m doing a series of classic books with Penguin called Penguin Drop Caps—the series was inspired by my Daily Drop Cap project and each book cover features one large prominent letter—the first letter of the author’s last name. There will be 26 books, a full alphabet, when the project is complete.

Thanks for the pinterview, Jessica! To check out Jessica’s work or find out more about her, visit her website and her boards on Pinterest. Happy pinning!

Evan Sharp, Co-founder, Currently obsessed with pinning to History.