Lettering artist, author, public speaker, and crazy cat lady.
Things I've Made
Here’s a brief history of who I am, what I do, and why we should be friends: I 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. I ended up attending a wonderful art school (Tyler School of Art) thanks to an amazing high school teacher and an admissions counselor that took a chance on my under-developed portfolio. Though I fell in love with every artistic discipline Freshman and Sophomore year, I declared as a Graphic Design major when I found myself procrastiworking (a term that I coined to describe the work you do when you're putting off work you're supposed to be doing) on painting projects to work on posters and identities.
Paying attention to my procrastiworking habits has helped guide my career over the years. The above quote (originally stated in an interview in 2007) really seemed to resonate with people, so I turned it into a piece of lettering art in 2014.
In 2006, I graduated and landed a job as a freelance designer for a little studio in Philadelphia called Headcase Design where I helped design fancy books and where I re-affirmed my passion for illustration and image-making. By winter, my boss, unsure if he wanted to take on another full-time employee, cut my hours and I put together an illustration promo to get freelance work.
That promo ended up landing me an illustration rep, a few nifty awards, and a job for one of my heroes, Louise Fili; I 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 my life and my desire to do side projects became too much to bear. I ventured out on my own and embarked on a little project that would end up changing my career and earning me the moniker “That Drop Cap Girl”.
I’ve been on my own (professionally) since 2009 and have worked for (and continue to work for) a lot of wonderful clients like Wes Anderson, Dave Eggers, The Academy of Motion Pictures, The United States Postal Service, and Penguin Books.
I split my days (not evenly enough) between Brooklyn and San Francisco—the place I now call home and where I’ve set up a collaborative studio and workshop space with my brother from another mother, Erik Marinovich. When I’m not manipulating beziers or working on fun projects, you can find me at the airport en route to a speaking engagement.
I love what I do for a living and try as hard as I can to help others find a way to do what they love, which is why I recently put together a book detailing my process. I tried to get as nerdy as possible while still keeping it accessible. I like to think that it's a manual or textbook you could read at the beach.