Intro to Graphic Design: Drop Cap

Our second GD project is based on ‘famous’ graphic designer Jessica Hische’s “Daily Drop Cap” experiment. She gained a large following on Tumblr upon designing a new letterform everyday for a year. Every morning, Hische would sit down, draw out an intricate letterform, then move to Adobe Illustrator and create it digitally. Then, for presentation purposes, she juxtaposed the letter as a drop cap with some dummy text. Here’s an example taken from the website (not designed by me):


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Designed by Jessica Hische (


So, for our project, we were to “interview” a classmate, learn some things about them, and then create a letterform using their initial. I paired up with a girl named Allison who is also a foundation GD major. Our discussion allowed us to get a better feel for what our letter should “feel” like. Her favorite color was teal (as evidence by almost everything she brought to class, e.g. backpack, notebook, laptop) and played a big part in my letter.


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I learned that she likes simplicity… as well as intricate details. I went in the middle and incorporated flowing lines, because what graphic designer doesn’t like doodling?

Part 2 of the project was to incorporate your letter into some kind of product. Some people bought mugs, shirts, calendars, and notebooks. Me and Allison both got each other notebooks! Here’s the cover I designed for the notebook:


Part 3 involved making a 11×18 poster that incorporated the letter, the name of your partner, the letter as a drop cap, and some text to go with it.

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The final segment of the project involved making a web design! It was to be similar to the poster and include all the same elements, but was made entirely with HTML and CSS. It is not a live website… but my code worked!


Two big projects in the bag and the semester half over. Can’t wait to see where things go from here!

Allison’s gift to me

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