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About

Jason James is a designer of products, brands, teams, and companies, repping Chicago on the West Coast. Currently, he’s Head of Design at Earnest – a consumer fintech startup.

Portfolio

jasonjam.es

Phone

(815) 901-1152

Twitter

jas0njames

Jobs 2012–Present

Earnest

  • Head of Design
  • San Francisco, California
  • July 2014 to Present

Intercom

  • Design Lead
  • San Francisco, California
  • Feb 2014 to May 2014

Kin

  • Director of Design
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 2012 to Feb 2014

Jobs 2002–2012

Matter & Memory

  • Creative Director
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Sept 2008 to Jul 2010
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  • Associate Creative Director
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 2007 to Sept 2008
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  • Designer & Video Producer
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 2005 to Jun 2007

RFA

  • Designer & Video Producer
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • Jun 2003 to Jun 2005

TCA

  • Video Editor
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aug 2002 to May 2003

Freelance

The Office of Jason James

  • Independent Designer
  • Chicago & Oakland
  • May 2002 to Present

One Design Company

  • Product & Visual Designer
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 2013 to May 2013

Nelson Cash

  • Visual Designer
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 2013 to Apr 2013

Bright Bright Great

  • Visual Designer
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 2011 to Feb 2012

Lipman Hearne

  • Senior Art Director
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 2012 to Dec 2012

Education

Northern Illinois University

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Studied Interactive & Brand Design
  • DeKalb, Illinois

Academy of Fine Arts

  • NIU Study Abroad Program
  • Studied Graphic & Identity Design
  • Katowice, Poland

Rock Valley College

  • Associate of Arts
  • Studied Philosopy & Economics
  • Rockford, Illinois

Accolades

FastCo. Innovation By Design

  • 2016 – Honorable Mention for User Experience

FastCo. The Most Innovative Companies

  • 2016 – #42 Earnest

Forbes Fintech 50

  • 2015 – Earnest named one of the top 50 firms in financial tech

American Advertising Awards

  • 2014 – Judge for Iowa's Regional Competition

Higher Ed Marketing Award

  • 2013 – Gold Award & Best In Show

Practice Areas

Art Direction, Brand Design, Content Strategy, Copywriting, Creative Direction, Design Management, Front-End Dev, Interaction Design, Mobile Design, Product Design, Product Strategy, UI Design, UX Design, Visual Design, Web Design

Selected Clients

Google, AARP, Notre Dame, Earnest, Intercom, Gogo Air, Chicago Design Museum, State Univ. of New York, Zondervan, Univ. of Chicago, UW-Madison, DoneDone, Kin

Values

Collaboration, Communication, Curiosity, Empathy, Excellence, Impact, Initiative, Leadership, Ownership, Precision, Resilience, Rigor, Taste