CASSIE HESTER


DESIGNER, ILLUSTRATOR, EDUCATOR

I am available for freelance design & illustration projects. Please feel free to get in touch via email [cassiehester[at]gmail[dot]com].

I am an avid reader, doodler, and unrepentant typography nerd. Currently, I am a freelance designer/illustrator and an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Mississippi State University.

I received my BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia and my MFA in Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. My typographic explorations have been featured in publications such as Print, Graphis, eg Magazine, Metropolis, and Step Inside Design. I’ve presented my work at numerous international design conferences reaching from Virginia to New Zealand. You can view my most recent typographic experiments at experimentaltypography.com.


DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

From fleeting interactions to long affairs, our relationships with things are diverse and complex. Like people, designed objects and environments are close companions in our lives. The way we understand and engage with artifacts is parallel to the way we interpret and interact with each other. A constant source of comfort and delight, frustration and anxiety, their personalities inform our everyday dialogues and experiences. Designed artifacts assume engaging and pleasurable personalities when they transcend materials, challenge perceptions, and garner active, reflective interactions. Through the investigation of familiar materials such as concrete, crayons, paper, sequins, and the like in unfamiliar formats and contexts, I am creating objects that are playful in construction and interaction. By imbuing objects with friendly and intriguing personalities, everyday interactions and experiences with these objects are elevated, as users invest in pleasurable forays and relationships.