There’s good penmanship, and then there’s what Jessica Hische does. The San Francisco-based designer and illustrator creates hand-drawn letters and entire alphabets so unusually ornate in their beauty, they seem almost better suited to a more genteel era. Which may be why her handiwork lends itself so nicely to Penguin Drop Caps, a series of hard cover re-designs of classic literary works published last year. Each cover features a single letter—the first letter of the author’s last name—and subtly alludes to the story contained within. Pretty book smart, I’d say.
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