Book Review: In Progress by Jessica Hisch
I have been a fan of Jessica Hische's work for a quite a while now, and have enjoyed listening to talks that she has given and exploring her website. I find her a really interesting person and she seems like she has a really good sense of humour (I seriously just want to be her best friend! ha). Anyway, when I discovered that she had brought out a book all about her process and a sort of behind the scenes of how she works I just couldn't help myself, I had to get a copy.
The book itself has the feel of a coffee table book. The cover is very nice and thick and there are beautiful typographic end papers (see the photo below). It is a thick book and is the sort of book that you could just flick through and look at the images and feel inspired but there is also a lot of meat to it and plenty to sit down and read and get really stuck into. It took me a while but I finally got my act together and found time to read it cover to cover and it did not disappoint.
The book is layed out really well. It starts off with a bit about Jessica's career history and the path that she took to get to where she is. I really like her writting style because it's quite friendly and chatty and you almost feel like it is a conversation. She then goes onto to share a lot of information about her process, all of the tools she uses and how she goes about working on a project. I thought this section was very generous. I always think it is so kind when artists and designers share a lot about their process because it is really helpful. Usually there has been a lot of trial and error and research for them to come up with their ultimate tool list, and their process always comes from years of learning from mistakes.
The book then goes on to share a lot of Jessica's work. A lot of it was work that I had seen before online but what I loved was being able to see the sketches behind the final pieces and see the process that she had talked about earlier in practice. She has also written little bits about each project which are often really interesting just because of who the clients were and again she is very generous in sharing lessons that she learnt through the process of that particular project.
I have to say, I think this is one of my favourite design books. I have to confess that often I buy books like this and flick through and look at the images and don't get around to actually reading them, but I am so glad that I took the time to read through this book. The length was ideal - it didn't take me too long to read but I really felt like I was getting a lot of quality information and behind the scenes insight into the work of one of my favourite creatives. It also helped me think through and evaluate my process and toolbox and how I can improve the way I use them and which tools are worth investing in.
Anyway, if you haven't seen or read this book already I would 100% recommend you add it to your list. Enjoy looking at all the beautiful lettering and images but make sure you read it too!
Hope you are having inspiring weeks so far!