A bit about me, a surface pattern and brand identity designer

Designer Jessica Jones

Hi there.

I’m Jessica Jones. As an independent graphic designer, I work with clients around the country and sometimes the world—Australia, India, Djibouti, and Canada, among others. On typical projects, you’ll find me immersed in notes, sketches, and color swatches in my studio. I also have a network of talented people to partner with if projects call for it.

Graphic designers can do a lot of things, but I have two specialties: brand identity design and surface pattern design.

brand identity designer sketching logos

Brand identity design

I view identity design as problem solving, and I love a challenge. The end result needs to contribute to your business success, not merely beautify the universe. I like distilling complex ideas into clear visuals.

Jessica Jones geometric canvas fabrics

Surface pattern design

I believe that appealing patterns can strike a chord with customers and make them fall in love with a product. The same quest for clarity in my brand identities comes through in my surface design style: clear, simple, and bold.

Background and education

Minnesota graphic designer

I grew up in Minnesota, the state known for lots of lakes, nice people, and Tater Tot hotdish. (If you’d like to learn to talk Minnesotan like a native, PBS will teach you.)

I started down the college path of a science major but eventually ditched chemistry and calculus to get a Design Communication degree. After graduating with a 4.0 from the University of Minnesota in 1999, I spent a short time in Rayovac’s in-house creative department making coupons and eventually store displays for Walmart and Sears. Several years at a Chicago design agency followed, and I started my own business in 2007. 

After 12 years in Chicago, I moved to Cincinnati. (Newport, KY, actually—a walk across the Ohio River from downtown Cincy.) I still prefer Tater Tot hotdish to Skyline Chili, but it’s a pretty great place to live.

Other endeavors

How About Orange blog
How About Orange

For seven years I wrote the design and craft blog How About Orange. A Bloggie web awards finalist most years, the site received up to a million visits a month. It was mentioned on network TV and garnered press in blogs, magazines, and newspapers around the world. A relic from the early days of blogging, it lives on, thanks to Blogspot’s free hosting.

Oscar bingo by Jessica Jones
Oscar Bingo

Another little side project is my annual Oscar bingo game. For almost a decade, I’ve been making silly printable bingo cards to make Oscar watching extra fun. My Oscars stuff has even been mentioned by People Magazine and seen on The Today Show. Oscar bingo is always free, so sign up here and I’ll send you next year’s edition.