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February 2, 2017

Oscar party decorations—plus free 2017 Oscar bingo coming soon!

Oscar party decorations: 2017 Oscars printables

If you’re planning an Oscars party this year, you might like some quick and easy printable decorations to make your Academy Awards shindig more festive. I’ve stocked my Etsy shop with printable PDF templates for Oscar party posters, place cards, beer and wine bottle labels, wine glass stem flags (so your drinks don’t get mixed up), napkin rings, and cupcake toppers. The set features this year’s nominated movies, actors, and actresses.

There’s also a printable 2017 Oscars ballot that matches this year’s free Oscar bingo game design. I’ve added points for categories to prevent ties and to reward you for guessing the hard categories correctly. Sound editing is underrated, so let’s give those folks some love.

2017 Oscar ballot printable PDF

As always, my 2017 Oscar bingo game will be free. It will be ready a week or two before the show on February 26 after more details about the ceremony and presenters are released. I’ll post it here, or if you’re not one of the thousands already on the mailing list, you can sign up to receive the PDF by email. There will be 20 different bingo cards like always.

Update: Ta da! Download 2017 Oscar bingo here.

Oscar bingo game by Jessica Jones

FILED UNDER: Amusements, Recent work

December 6, 2016

New holiday ribbon designs

Red black and blue Christmas ribbon

My latest designs for my client Renaissance Ribbons are now in stores. They requested holiday motifs, so I made poinsettias, deer in a forest, retro argyle, and some funny Santas with tiny feet. These are available by the yard or the spool for trimming holiday projects.

If you’re into embroidery, how about making a little yeti felt ornament stuffed with a bit of batting? He sports a ribbon scarf and would look cute on somebody’s Christmas tree. Download the free DIY pattern here.

felt yeti ornament pattern template

Pretty poinsettia jacquard ribbon

Retro Santa ribbon

Cute deer holiday ribbon design

FILED UNDER: Downloads, Recent work

September 26, 2016

Business hippos can be big fun

Hippo logo

Biz Hippo approached me for a logo for their outsourcing accounting firm: they serve entrepreneurs and small business owners, and they have a sense of humor.

So I created a range of options, from witty to more traditional. While shirt-and-tie hippo was a contender, calculator hippo was the final choice. The calculator buttons make a fun dot pattern for backgrounds and accents, and the green brand color suggests money and growth.

Hippo branding tote bag

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August 11, 2016

Manicures for a cause

Nail art inspiration

I’ve designed patterns for fabric, wallpaper, dishes, and ribbon, but fingernails are a first!

Recently I teamed up with Margaux Hufnagel, a consultant for Jamberry, to create a collection of nail wrap designs she could sell as a fundraiser. In 2014, at one year old, Margaux’s son James was diagnosed with a rare disease called Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC). Since then the family has worked hard to raise awareness of the disease and help fund medical research. Margaux’s latest idea: offer a limited-edition set of nail designs and donate proceeds to

 Typography manicure

If, like me, you hadn’t heard of Jamberry nail wraps before, here’s the info. Designs come on a sheet like a set of stickers. Each sheet will yield 2 or 3 manicures. You can put them on fingers or toes. To apply them, you choose a sticker that matches your nail size, cut it in half, heat it with a hairdryer or other heat source to make it more flexible (I used a candle; I like to live dangerously) and stick it on. Here’s a video showing the application. For other questions like removal and durability, see these FAQs.

Margaux’s “Jams for James” wraps are $19-$25 per set and can be ordered online using this form.

I like to think of it as making a donation to charity and getting free manicures as a bonus. A win for everyone!

Order here

Geometric nail art

Retro manicure

Geometric modern manicure

Jamberry NAS array

Follow Margaux (@Tentenjams) on Facebook or Instagram to see more wraps in action.

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July 6, 2016

Panther update: from feeble to fierce

Joseph Sears School logo

A project I completed recently was an update to The Joseph Sears School’s visual identity. Joseph Sears, located in Kenilworth, IL, has a long heritage of excellence but lacked a school logo for everyday use. The school seal, adopted in the 1920s, had been utilized for all school communications despite its formality and fine detail that made it difficult to reproduce and discern at small sizes. Electronic versions of the seal had become distorted and grainy.

We created a new school logo for common use that employs a traditional crest, Joseph Sears blue, and Kenilworth’s signature elm leaves. It conveys the prestige for which the school is known, yet it’s quicker to recognize at a glance and more distinctive than a seal—most round seals look pretty similar.

School seal before after

We cleaned up the antique seal and updated the typography to match the logo for a tighter identity. One-color and full-color versions are now available to the school for use exclusively on formal documents.

Mascot design before after

The school’s panther mascot was updated from a delicate line drawing to a more robust sports logo.

Panther mascot shirt

The new panther’s fierce, glowering stare inspires more confidence than the older thin sketch and completes a cohesive identity.

Check out more components of this branding project.

FILED UNDER: Before and after, Recent work

June 16, 2016

Spot gloss on a business card

Spot gloss business card

I had fun with the finish on business cards for Oak Fabrics, a delightful new fabric store coming soon to Chicago. We kept the typographic logo simple and added a subtle gloss varnish to Oak’s signature tree image in the background.

Update: Oak Fabrics is now open!

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January 8, 2016

Typography fabric names

Typography fabric by Jessica Jones

Several people have asked about the weird-looking words used in one of my latest fabric prints. Other conversations have revealed that not everyone has heard of the famous quick brown fox. So let me demystify the names of the fabrics in my new Typography collection for Cloud9 Fabrics.

In the land of typography, “specimens” are examples of typefaces in use. Specimens show text set in paragraphs and headlines to give a feel for the overall texture of a typeface and what the various characters look like. Here are lovely pages from some specimen books. I thought it would be funny to take “specimen” more literally and show hands daintily holding up individual characters as if to inspect them.

The classic Swiss typeface designed in 1957. This fabric is made with Helvetica, cut into pieces. Bet you can’t guess what phrase I chopped up.

Script typefaces are based on the connected lines in handwriting. This print says, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” If you weren’t forced to type that sentence in typing class, you might not know it’s the classic pangram that uses every letter of the alphabet. It’s been around for a long time. My Helvetica print is also made from this phrase, though you’d never know it.

Lorem Ipsum
It’s the placeholder text that designers use in ads and brochures before we get actual copy from the client. Lorem Ipsum has been in use since the 16th century. It looks like Latin, but it’s nonsense. You can generate paragraphs of it in design software programs or on this website. This is inside-joke fabric. Designers snicker every time something appears in public that still has dummy text in it. Whoops, somebody forgot to switch out the copy.

I hope you know that those squiggly characters are called ampersands. If you didn’t, now you do.

Any single character—an individual letter, number, punctuation mark, or dingbat. For example, an “A” and an asterisk are both glyphs. In this fabric, “123” is not a glyph. It’s three glyphs, but that’s okay. Mostly I just like the word “glyph” and it reminds me of a movie scene that made me laugh really hard.

Wood Type
Once upon a time, before modern printing methods, letters were carved out of wood, arranged to form words, inked, and sheets of paper were pressed onto them. Prints often looked a little irregular or distressed. The characters in my fabric print are not distressed in the least, so Wood Type is sort of a misleading name. However, fabric designers have to name their prints something, and this print reminded me of that era when it was popular to use a crazy mix of different typefaces all at once. A time to which we’ve returned!

FILED UNDER: Recent work

July 16, 2015

From the drawer of unused concepts

Logo design branding ideas

I was digging through old files and came across these logo concepts for a jewelry company. Every branding project generates several versions that aren’t selected, like these. Sometimes I can repurpose a good idea in a different job, but that doesn’t happen often since every project is so customized for a client’s unique needs. Most of the time the designs never see the light of day. So here’s your day in the sun, little logos. Enjoy it before you go back into storage.

FILED UNDER: Recent work

June 22, 2015

Time Warp fabric in action

Jessica Jones Time Warp bark cloth fabric

It’s been lots of fun seeing what people are making with my bark cloth fabric collection designed for Cloud9 Fabrics, a manufacturer of textiles for the home sewing market. This line is called Time Warp, and the retro, midcentury-themed prints are inspiring some very cool dresses, bags, and upholstery. Find it online or at a store near you.

Follow the links to see more pics of these projects: Dress by A Million Dresses; Chair by J Caroline, Tote by Anna Graham (she links to a free tutorial), Dress and bag by Grandma G, Dress by Emily G Clothing.

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December 18, 2014

P is for Protein

Institute for Protein Design

The University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design (IPD) is the first of its kind, founded with the aim of designing a new world of synthetic proteins to address challenges in medicine, energy and technology. The institute came to me needing a distinctive logo of its own that harmonizes with the University of Washington’s new branding.

To start, I surveyed standard illustrations and diagrams that researchers are used to seeing. I learned that the current way of representing the 3D structures of proteins was developed by a scientist named Jane Richardson. Her illustrations were the jumping-off point for the logo development.

Some early ideas:

Early logo concepts

Because a logo should be a simple tag or identifier for an organization, not a detailed illustration, our goal was a stylized mark that’s eye-catching, clean, and can be easily reproduced at large and small sizes. The first option above had the best response, but was deemed too much like a DNA helix.

So I kept the colorful, transparent, folding effect but turned it into a “p” for “protein.” We experimented with flipping the “p” over to add a “d” for “design,” and I also drafted another version of a “pd” made from looping shapes.

Later rounds

We also evaluated four potential color palettes that included the UW’s signature hue, a dark blue-purple.

Color palettes

In the end, the single “p” won out for its simplicity and was paired with the university’s brand typography. The violet and blue color scheme was selected to coordinate with the school’s tertiary palette for a fresh, energetic new look.

UW IPD logo tote bag

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