Jill Jones is a graphic and web designer and writer/editor with 20+ years of on-the-job experience under her belt. Not only has she mastered the industry trade Adobe software in her years as a professional designer, but she has also faced nearly every possible challenge that presents itself to a designer, and has resolved each one with intelligence, creativity, and professionalism. She knows the ins and outs of both digital and print design, print shop interactions, vendor relations, meeting deadlines, and multiple project management.
During her 12 years as the sole designer for a small technology consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio, Jill’s primary clients were departments within the state and federal government. The firm won several contracts with the State of Ohio with her design of the final publications being the deciding factor. She was responsible for the design of the U.S. Office of Technology Policy’s annual publication, The Dynamics of Technology-based Economic Development: State and Science Technology Indicators for the years 2000 through 2002, and for the design of the state chapter in the National Science Foundation’s publication, Science and Engineering Indicators from 2004 to 2011.
More recently, Jill was employed with a major car manufacturer as the sole designer in their Human Resources & Engagement (HRE) department. There she designed the Associate Handbook that is given to all employees upon hire. She was also responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining the two websites that were utilized to interact with the associates of their suppliers. The sites also promoted their large-scale conferences as well as training classes for both suppliers and associates. She designed the department logos, conference logos, promotional material and signage, and interoffice ads that were displayed on the company TV for associates. Her skills were such that she was sought out by other departments within the company to assist them with their website and design needs as well. Within this position she was also involved in the company’s introduction to and implementation of social media as well as their conference planning.
As a freelance/contract designer, she has been the sole layout person and ad designer for two local newspaper publications and has had clientele ranging from entrepreneurs and start-ups to banks and national non-profit organizations. The broad range of materials she has produced as a freelancer include, but are not limited to: brochures, print ads, trade show displays, t-shirt graphics, publications, CD and DVD art, glass etchings, designs for small promotional items, annual reports, digital ads, branding sets, logos, tickets, programs, and much more.
In addition to owning J-Squared Creative Services, Jill also currently serves in a contracted capacity as the Marketing Communications Manager for PolymerOhio Inc., the Central Ohio affiliate for the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). She handles all aspects of promotion and marketing of the business, including but not limited to: website design and development, design of all marketing materials, social media management, writing and editing, and event planning.
Jill began her artistic development long ago in grade school and soon developed into a traditional paint and canvas artist, occasionally incorporating other mediums as well. In her early years after high school, she used to both paint and sketch portraits for people. When computers came along, she delved right in without fear and discovered that she had nearly the same affinity for them as she did for art. So logically, she married the two and became a graphic designer. She also has an exceptionally high aptitude for writing and editing, a true plus for any designer, and has even written and published a fiction novel. In fact, she has been writing longer than she has been designing.
In addition to her creative skill set, Jill also possesses skills in IT, event planning, customer service, supply management, office management, promotion, and training. She has great understanding and user experience with computer software, including Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud. Her use of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook are of master level. Additionally, she is a pro at website development languages as well as CMS applications such as WordPress, Squarespace and Wix. Because she has been creating websites for so long, she can write a website from scratch in raw code using nothing but Microsoft’s Notepad or, as is most often the case in today’s web world, she can build it using whichever one of today’s many development applications most appeals to the client.
In her off-time Jill is a philanthropist who, over the years, has given her time and talents to various non-profit organizations including pet shelters, large fundraising events, and a library.