DROP CAPS and the Rainbow

Daily Drop Cap is a project by designer & illustrator Jessica Hische. Since September of 2009, an illustrative initial cap has been posted daily (or at least regularly), to prettify the internet and beautify your blog posts. Individuals are welcome to use the drop caps on personal (non-commercial) sites within blog posts by following the instructions below each letter. The project will end after the twelfth alphabet is complete, but the site will remain up for your use and inspiration. Enjoy!

Introducing the first six volumes in a 26-book series of collectible hardcovers from A to Z…


It all begins with a letter.

Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature with a series design inspired by typography. A design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, each volume features on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by Hische, a superstar in the world of type design and illustration, whose work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin’s own bestsellers Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert and Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.

With exclusive designs that have never before appeared on Hische’s hugely popular Daily Drop Cap blog, each gift-sized book features a foil-stamped case and a decorative color stain on all three paper edges. As a whole, the series design encompasses a rainbow-hued color spectrum across all twenty-six book spines. The Penguin Drop Caps debut with the following titles (all on sale December 12, 2012):

Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice (978-0-14-312316-3, $22)

Brontë, Charlotte – Jane Eyre (978-0-14-312314-9, $22)

Cather, Willa – My Ántonia (978-0-14-312315-6, $20)

Dickens, Charles – Great Expectations (978-0-14-312379-8, $20)

Eliot, George – Middlemarch (978-0-14-312381-1, $22)

Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary, translated by Lydia Davis (978-0-14-312380-4, $22)

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer. She currently serves on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has been named a Forbes Magazine "30 under 30" in art and design as well as an ADC Young Gun and one of Print Magazine’s "New Visual Artists". She has designed for Wes Anderson, McSweeney's, Tiffany & Co, Penguin Books and many others. She resides primarily in San Francisco , occasionally in Brooklyn .


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