Keynote Speaker

Jessica grew up in Pennsylvania, raised by two non-creatives that decided it would be OK to let their little girl pursue a seemingly impractical career. Jessica ended up attending a wonderful art school thanks to an amazing high school teacher and an admissions counselor that took a chance on her under-developed portfolio. Though she fell in love with every artistic discipline Freshman and Sophomore year, Jessica declared as a Graphic Design major when she found herself procrastiworking on painting projects to work on posters and identities. She annoyed the heck out of her fellow classmates, doing way more work than assignments generally called for, but it all paid off in the end and most of them have since forgiven her for ruining the curve.

In 2006, Jessica graduated and landed a job as a freelance designer for a little studio in Philadelphia where she helped design fancy books and re-affirmed her passion for illustration and image-making. By winter, unsure if they wanted to take on another full-time employee, her hours were cut and she put together an illustration promo to get freelance work. That promo ended up landing Jessica an illustration rep and a job for one of her heroes; she migrated to Brooklyn to work for her. After two and a half years of very little sleep and a lot of lettering, freelance work began overwhelming her life and her desire to do side projects became too much to bear. She ventured out on her own and embarked on a little project that would end up changing her career and earning her the moniker “That Drop Cap Girl”.

Jessica has been on her own as a letterer, illustrator, type designer, and relentless procrastiworker since 2009 and has worked for (and continues to work for) a lot of wonderful clients like Wes Anderson and Penguin Books. She shared studios with amazing people including the folks over at Studiomates and of course her beloved Pencil Factory, where she continues to spend time on return trips to Brooklyn. Jessica splits her days (not evenly enough) between Brooklyn and San Francisco—the place she now calls home and where she's set up a collaborative studio and workshop space with her brother from another mother, Erik Marinovich. When she's not manipulating beziers or working on fun projects, you can find Jessica at the airport en route to a speaking engagement. She loves what she does for a living and tries as hard as she can to help others find a way to do what they love.

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