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Process: Characters

Louis Henry Mitchell

Creative Director of Character Design, Sesame Workshop

Jessica Hische

Lettering Artist & New York Times Bestselling Author

Annie Atkins

Graphic Designer for Film

Our first of three very special evening events in the Giant Screen at Millennium Point – ‘Process: Characters’ – kicks off with an eclectic line-up of three fantastic speakers.

Jessica Hische is an American lettering artist, illustrator, author, and type designer. She was one of the first of a new generation of letterers and the present-day flourishing of the lettering arts can in part be traced back to her emergence.

Annie Atkins is a Welsh graphic designer and prop maker for film and television. She is known for her graphic design work in The Grand Budapest Hotel and has gone on to work with director Wes Anderson on Isle of Dogs and The French Dispatch.

Louis Henry Mitchell is the Creative Director of Character Design of Sesame Workshop. He started working on Sesame Street in 1992. He designed Julia, the first Sesame Street character diagnosed with autism, both as an illustrated book character as well as translating the design to a Muppet.


Vernacular Spectacular – Annie Atkins
How I stopped designing like a designer and stepped in to the shoes of a 19th century sign-painter, in a hurry, in the rain.

Join Annie Atkins, renowned graphic artist for films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and Indiana Jones, on this whirlwind tour through the highs and lows of designing in character.

THINK BIG!  – Louis Henry Mitchell
How I got to Sesame Street… and beyond

Crafting the Life You Want – Jessica Hische
Jessica Hische is a lettering artist and “avid internetter” who has been in a position of prominence in the design industry for nearly two decades. During that time, so much has changed. Finding your place in this world as an artist and maker has become more complex. Technologies are ever evolving. Platforms and what they ask of us are constantly shifting. The internet offered us an incredible opportunity for connection but it feels harder and harder to find your people, especially because it’s not always clear who is showing up as their authentic selves and who is “building a brand”. In this talk, Jessica will walk through ways she’s navigated all of these changes while trying to stay true to herself—from client work & kids books, to opening two brick and mortar stores. She’ll talk about promoting your work without commodifying every part of yourself, the power of embracing local community, and how to align new technologies with your values to live the creative life you want.


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The Giant Screen

Millennium Point,
Curzon St,
Birmingham B4 7XG

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