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The Office of Jason James

Product & Brand Designer from Chicago

Kin – Marketing  /  Kin – Application  /  DoneDone – Marketing  /  DoneDone – Application  /  The Founder Forge  /  Bright Horizons  /  We Are Mammoth  /  Bishop Fox  /  Our City, Our Story  /  Live Better  /  2 Night Stand  /  University of Nebraska Omaha  /  City of Win  /  Bucky's Wonderful Adventures  /  Notre Dame's Kroc Institute

Kin – Marketing

HR is typically awful. Employees don't like dealing with all the bureaucracy, policies and paperwork, and the whole HR system feels outdated and cumbersome. Kin takes the hassle out of HR by making better use of everyone's time through managing documents, tasks, assets, and time-off in an online exchange for the entire company. The marketing site, explainer video, photography, and identity all helped introduce Kin to the world.

  • UX, Visual & Responsive Design
  • Content Strategy
  • Identity Design
  • Art Direction
  • Credits

Kin – Application

Kin is simple, streamlined HR management software focused on people, not paperwork. The application currently includes core features like employee onboarding, secure document transfers, time off management, an employee database, a company calendar, employee bios and job descriptions, and more. The aim of the UI and UX design was to create an experience that both HR managers and employees could understand and enjoy using.

  • UX & Visual Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Content Strategy
  • Credits

DoneDone – Marketing

DoneDone is a simple, no nonsense approach to issue tracking. It worked great; it just didn’t look great. In July 2013, I started a redesign of the marketing, brand, and application to help establish DoneDone as the best bug tracker for non-developers. We focused everything about the redesign on project managers, designers, clients, and customers. If these folks don’t want to use an application, bug tracking shifts to methods they’re more familiar with: email, spreadsheets, chats, and sticky notes. We’re betting that software non-programmers want to use will better serve programmers in the long run.

  • Branding & Identity
  • Content Strategy & Writing
  • Art Direction
  • UX, Interaction & Visual Design
  • Credits

DoneDone – Application

After finishing the redesign of DoneDone’s brand and marketing website, we began reworking and updating the application itself. While keeping in place most of the back-end, the whole front-end was restyled to improve useability, simplify, and beautify. I was able to remove about twenty-five percent of the applications pages by consolidating views and improving userflows.

  • UX & Interaction Design
  • UI & Visual Design
  • Responsive Design
  • Content Strategy & Writing
  • Credits

The Founder Forge

Craig Bryant of We Are Mammoth and Neals Sales-Griffin of Starter League partnered to create The Founder Forge, an event series for giving founders of small, growing businesses the knowledge they need to build long-term, self-sustaining companies. The Founder Forge does this through quarterly workshops, monthly meetups, and bi-weekly open office hours.

  • UX & Visual Design
  • Identity Design
  • Responsive Design
  • Credits

Bright Horizons Proposed Loyalty Program Site & App

Bright Horizons serves employers by providing childcare services to their eligible full-time employees. Lots of those employees are eligible for additional benefits, but they aren't taking advantage of them. For this reason, Bright Horizons came to We Are Mammoth looking for help creating a loyalty program that incentivizes employees to utilize as many of the BH services as possible.

The spec pitch site we designed leverages the great work the Bright Horizon Foundation is already doing to help children all over the country. Through the use of BH services and affiliate partnerships, users would accumulate points that would go toward creating emergency childcare spaces used during family crises.

  • Visual Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Mobile Design
  • Credits

We Are Mammoth

We Are Mammoth (WAM) had a good site, but they were looking to inject a bit more personality and polish to really make it sing. I updated all the typography and photography across the site, tweaked most of the content, and refined some key interactions. The new iteration better reflects WAM's unique personality and more clearly communicates what the company does.

  • Visual Design
  • Content Strategy
  • Responsive Design
  • Credits

Bishop Fox

Bishop Fox, formerly Stach & Liu, consults with Fortune 500 companies to, first, hack their systems and, second, figure out security solutions to protect against such hacking. The name Bishop Fox comes from Martin Bishop of the movie Hackers, and Fox refers to Lucius Fox, a security expert, in Batman. This is a company that doesn't take itself too seriously, yet also needs to put on a good face for their clients. All my design concepts aimed to straddle that line.

Along with a handful of logo explorations, I worked with Nelson Cash to design the initial rollout of the company's new brand with a splash page revealing the new name, identity and look.

  • Visual Design
  • Identity Design
  • Art Direction
  • Credits

Our City, Our Story

Rockford, Illinois has been hit hard by each recession since the 1980’s, and it's been shamed time and time again in national news coverage. In order to instill some pride and hope back into the city, local artist Pablo Korona started Our City, Our Story, a video project chronicling the best of Rockford’s past and present.

The identity and site design draw on Rockford's blue-collar, industrial history. I know it well, since it's my hometown. The site and its stories have drawn positive national attention from Kottke, Boing Boing and Fast Company.

  • Branding & Identity
  • Interaction & Visual Design
  • Responsive Design
  • Credits

Live Better

Live better. Design better. Be a better person. All things better. These buttons capture some resolutions or key ideas I wanted to be a big part of my 2012. Whether it's buying less or eating a little better, these little phrases helped shape a pretty great year for me.

I had a hunch there were other people out there that were working on the same things. So I printed up the phrases as buttons. Turns out lots of people want to be better too. In the summer of 2012, I was invited to contribute these pins to the Chicago Design Museum. I was honored to see how many people wanted to Quit The Bullshit and live better.

2 Night Stand

Twenty specially invited designers, developers, writers, photographers and strategists get together for a weekend-long creative bender. 2 Night Stand gathers some of Chicago's best and brightest creatives to create for a self-selected client. It's a fast-paced, challenging, creative growth experience. The whole event is live-blogged and archived online.

  • Visual Design
  • Responsive Design
  • Credits

University of Nebraska Omaha

UN Omaha faced tremedous challenges with an ugly, outdated, hard-to-use website. They came to Lipman Hearne looking for major help on all fronts: IA, UX, strategy, design and content. The new site is much easier to use, more attractive, and (since it's fully responsive) more accessible.

  • Visual Design
  • Art Direction
  • Interaction Design
  • Responsive Design
  • Credits

City of Win

City of Win celebrates the enduring spirit of the city of Chicago and the people within it. Through apparel, music and events, City of Win is repping Chicago hard. It's been a pleasure to work with the CoW team through the launch and continued growth of their streetwear brand.

Bucky's Wonderful Adventures

For UW-Madison's Annual Campaign, Share The Wonderful, I needed to find a way to create a game that engaged audiences as broad as a 22-year old recent grad to a 65-year old retired alumnus. I came up with the idea for an 8-bit, Nintendo-inspired aesthetic because it feels approachable for an older person who might have played Atari or the original Mario Bros, but it's also retro and cool for a twenty-something. The game was a huge hit and a major draw to the Share The Wonderful site. The annual campaign succeeded and raised more than its ten million dollar goal. Besides concepting the user experience of the game, I illustrated all the assets.

  • Illustration
  • Interaction Design
  • Game Design
  • Credits

Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Due to admission troubles and competition from NYC and D.C. international relations programs, Kroc needed to redesign their site. The new site prominently features their global internships, research and leadership in the peacebuilding field to emphasize their value and establish their authority.

The site won a Gold Award and a Best In Show Award at the 28th Annual Higher Ed Marketing Advertising Awards.