General info

  • Book title: In Progress – See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook and Process from Pencil to Vector
  • Author: Jessica Hische
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Available formats: Hardcover & Kindle

About The Author

Jessica Hische

If you’re calligrapher or hand letterer, you definitely knew Jessica Hische already. If you’re a graphic designer, you may already saw a lot of her works and speeches somewhere. And if you don’t know who she is, Jessica is a well known hand lettering artist. She brings typography, illustration, and hand lettering to a whole new level. Being busy working with Penguin Random House, 1 of “The Big 5” trade book publishers, and many biggest clients in the world, yet she managed to dedicate her speeches in design conferences.

In Progress is an essential resource for hand lettering artists, or just someone loving it. There are thousands of praises and reviews for the book content so far, so in this post I just write about another aspect – book design.

To be a good artist / letterer / designer / guitar player it takes practice. A lot of it. More than you can even fathom when you’re starting out. ~ Jessica Hische

Cover Design

  • Aesthetically – stunning cover design
  • Do its job greatly at bookstore – attracted people right at first sight, and proves to be great as well when looked at details
  • Relevance – the target readers of the book look at the cover design for 1 second will know right away what the inside content is about.

Spot-UV finishing on front cover design, spine, and back cover – brilliant!

Reading Experience

  • Well done typesetting job achieved – seamless reading experience
  • Flexible page layouts
  • Navigation with running heads and font hierarchy
  • Color backgrounds changed purposefully, making reading experience really interesting
  • Stunning designs for section pages
  • Mockup of opening notebook used throughout the book making reading experience interesting

Plus Points

  • Endsheets made of seamless lettering pattern instead of ordinary ornamental patterns.
  • Section sewn binding.
  • Paper from FSC

From good to great design

Beyong using process colors and spot-UV, Jessica goes an extra mile with an additional color for her book : metallic graphite color is used on both cover and interior.

In Progress has a lot of Jessica’s pencil sketches and it’s this graphite color making reader experience so real when they’re looking at these sketches. The total effect of the graphite color and Jessica’s writing style make reader feel like she is sitting next to them, present her real pencil sketches and walk them through her creative process.

In short, In Progress’s  book design worth 5 stars regarding both aesthetic design & functionality. Like people love having an iMac on their living rom, In Progress is the book you’d love having on your bookshelf!