We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Gracia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’m from Mexico City and as long as I remember the letterforms, colors and art have been in my path since forever. From a very young age, I was amazed by the sign paintings around the streets of Mexico City, awakening in me an enormous interest in design and lettering, that’s why I studied Design and Visual Communication at University
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My name is Jessica Gracia, I’m a graphic designer based in Mexico City. My main focus right now is lettering and typography, however, there are other branches of design that I fully enjoy like Branding and Photography.
I fell in love with typography when I was at University, I had the class “Introduction to typography design”, where I developed 2 typefaces. That class aroused in me a huge interest in this design field and pushed me to keep exploring it.
Thanks to my proactivity, auto-didacticism, and eagerness to be involved in projects related to lettering and typography I have had the opportunity to participate in big projects at &Walsh where I work with amazing clients like Netflix, Amazon, and other remarkable brands.
But obviously, it hasn’t always been easy! As a graphic designer and lettering artist, I have faced self-doubt and experienced the Imposter syndrome over and over again, and probably most people in the creative world have experienced it but one thing that helps is to know that you’re not alone, It’s totally normal, you have to be proud of how far you’ve come so far.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My itinerary will mostly be around food- I’m a foodie and I can’t help it. For breakfast, I’ll take them to “El Cardenal” in the City center because Mexican food there is unmatched. We would probably eat “Enchiladas Michoacanas” and drink the traditional “Chocolate”. After we would walk around the Zocalo and we would visit the Aztec temple and the Cathedral. Then, for lunch, we would eat delicious slides of Pizza at Dalis Pizzeria and for dessert, I would take them to Santa Clara to get a traditional strawberry ice cream. And last but not least to end the day we would drink cappuccino and fancy some churros at El Moro.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, several people have inspired me, helped me along the way, and pushed me to become a better professional, especially some of my professors like Alicia Portillo and Fabiola Valdelamar, their classes and teaching were fundamental during my education at university. I would also like to thank Jessica Walsh because since I was in college her work has been a big influence on me and now that I work as a Designer at &Walsh I keep learning a lot from her. Last but not least, I would like to thank my family and friends for always believing in me and supporting me through this journey of life.
&Walsh Studio (Maldivas image)