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.
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.
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.
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.