strengths

Design with Purpose
Systematic Design
Process & Research
 

experience types

Digital
Print
Branding
Social Media
 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts:
Graphic Design
R.I.T.
 

proficiencies

Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Keynote
Powerpoint
HTML & CSS

 

Design Director
R/GA: Chicago, IL

June 2011 - Present

  • I create digital destinations and manage teams to create compelling stories, build communities, encourage on-going engagement, and execute beautifully— to create meaningful connections between brands and consumers.
  • Clients: The Beef Council, Corona Extra, Novartis, Capital One, Grey Goose, SC Johnson

ARt director + Designer
YouSwoop.com

2009 - 2011 [FREELANCE]

  • Developed the brand identity for the Chicago-based company
  • Lead the re-design of their site re-launch: designing over 40 web pages, including the homepage, welcome/intro pages, online business portals, internal pages, pricing modules, profile panels, marketing widgets, daily email designs, download certificates, and complete mobile designs

ART DIRECTOR
+ DESIGNER
SWEET SPOT MACARONS

MAY 2011 - OCTOBER 2011 [FREELANCE]

  • Created a complete visual branding language for a local Chicago food truck
  • Designs include identity, vehicle wrap design, business collateral (business cards, menu design), promotional materials (flyers, marketing/advertising posters, wearables (apron designs), and product packaging.

senior designer
energy bbdo

june 2006 - may 2011

  • Developed designs for advertising campaigns including print collateral, out-of-home, branding, presentation design, viral marketing, and digital interfaces (websites, micro-sites, banners)
  • Drove, managed, and oversaw design projects from concept through production
  • Lead and oversaw internal design team for New Business, creating designs for meeting materials (video slates, room boards, presentation mats & name plates, powerpoint templates)
  • Clients: Jim Beam, Illinois Lottery, The Art Institute, On The Border Mexican Restaurant, River North Dance Company


Love Your Little: Chicago, IL
Developed a poster design series and complete social media design system to promote and support breastfeeding for mothers returning back to work from maternity leave.

Brides & Grooms: Gretchen & Danny, Chrissy & Mike, Katie & Jeff, Mark & Jessica:
Created unique, custom wedding design packages including printed materials such as Save-the-Dates, Invitations, Event Programs, Table Numbers, Menus, and Name Cards.

Tru-Way Metal Fabrication: Chicago, IL
Re-designed the company's logo and developed the over-arching brand visual language and collateral materials (business cards, email templates, and print mailers. The identity was recognized by Graphis Logo Design (International Visual Communications Awards Annual).

Legacy Dance Association & Bravissima Dance Company : Chicago, IL
Created the identities and social media design systems for several latin dance teams.

SA Partnerships Architects: San Antonio, TX
Developed designs for direct mailings along with internal design communications.

A.V.A. 'A Vivid Art' Fashion Label: New York, NY
Created an identity for an Independent NY Fashion Designer along with business cards, apparel labels & tags, order forms, and line-sheet. 

Antithesis Advertising: Rochester, NY
Concepted and designed materials for various b2b companies in the Rochester area during an internship. 

New Wave Entertainment: Burbank, CA
Worked in the Print Department, learning the in's and out's of Photoshop, the mount room, mechanicals, and photoshoots. Contributed to design meetings with sketches and concepts for entertainment print collateral.

 

 

more experience

 

"She's strategic and disciplined in everything she does."

jeff canzona, creative director at R/GA





 

"Jessica's command of design and unique understanding of its vital role in supporting a company's brand is outstanding."

ALEXANDER LURIE, CEO OF YOUSWOOP





 

"Her strengths are craft and process."

STEVE DENEKAS, EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT INSTRUMENT





 

"Jessica walks out of meetings with a plan of attack, which makes the team excited to start."

Tracie roberson, senior copywriter at R/GA




 

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