Hi! I’m Jess.
A motion designer, graphic designer, illustrator, artist, and all-around creative person, but mainly, I’m a storyteller. I try to find the narrative in everything I do. I believe stories are the most effective communication and learning tool. I also attempt to combine handwork and digital, to bring a human element to all those ones and zeros.
I have always been an artist, dabbling in everything from theater to fine art. My formal education in the arts started at the Perpich Center for Arts Education (an arts high school) and continued on at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where I received my BFA in Illustration. After a few years of working as a Designer and Illustrator in Minneapolis,
I decided to achieve the level of Master in Communications Design at the Pratt Institute, which is how I ended up in Brooklyn. Out of grad school, I cut my teeth in New York publishing at Wired Magazine. While at Wired I designed everything from sizzle reels to advertorials to large-scale events. Soon the New York Times came calling where I was brought on as Multimedia Design Manager and promoted to Art Director to develop the role of the video within the advertising department.
With a knack for creative pursuits that do not end with the workday, I also draw and paint in my free time and I am currently learning to play the fiddle (squeak, squeak).