Featured Designer: Jessica Jones

Retro surface designer prints

Jessica Jones is a graphic designer specializing in brand identity design and surface pattern design, and we just love her crisp and bold style! Jessica is drawn to graphic shapes and cheerful colors, and she is an admirer of midcentury modern and Scandinavian design–those aesthetics inspire a lot of my patterns. My prints are often used to upholster vintage-inspired furniture or in garments with retro style.”

Scandinavian fabric prints

“Besides surface design, I also create brand identities and logos for businesses. The process of distilling something complex into simple, symbolic shapes is a challenge I enjoy, and this shows up in my surface patterns as well as my logos. Reducing a flower or animal to its simplest form is really satisfying.”

Cloud print fabric pouch

Jessica grew up in Minnesota on a dairy farm, where she describes spending “lots of time drawing pictures and zero time milking cows. At the University of Minnesota I planned to be a science major but eventually ditched chemistry and calculus to get a Design Communication degree. First I worked at a corporate in-house creative department, then at a Chicago design firm. Eventually I left and started my own graphic design business.”

Jessica Jones Typography fabric

“For many years I ran a blog design and craft blog called How About Orange (www.howaboutorange.blogspot.com), and at one point, a reader contacted me asking if I could design a fabric collection for her to sell in her shop. I happily agreed to take a stab at it, and that project with J Caroline opened the door to other surface pattern work.”

Skunk and flower ribbon

Today I regularly design for Cloud9 Fabrics, Renaissance Ribbons, and various manufacturers who make products ranging from wallpaper to pots and pans to apparel. I’ve spotted my prints on products sold at Target, Nordstrom, Zappos, Land of Nod, and Modcloth. My favorite thing is seeing what people make with the fabrics and ribbons I design. It’s always a little thrill!”

 

Visit www.jessicajonesdesign.com to see more of Jessica’s lovely work. Enjoy!

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