Hello! My name is Jenna.
I'm a design fanatic, branding expert and recently inspired blogger. I love traveling, high-fivin' strangers on the street, Instagramin' my adventures, and finding crazy street art for inspiration. I'd love to help you create a brand that is so personal, it will attract all of the amazing peoples that you want to be working with. Yes, I said peoples.
Want to hear my story & design philosophy, DIY tips for your brand, and how I created my site?
This is a fantastic replay of an Interview on The Brand Ambition Podcast that I talk about all those things!
Graphic Designer, Entrepreneur, & Professor
Jenna started doing graphic design professionally at the age of 16, with her first licensed t-shirt business that produced t-shirts for all clubs and activities in her high school.
She attended the University of Oregon and earned a Bachelor's in Multimedia Design and MBA in Marketing. With her combination of design and marketing skills, she became a little more savvy than the average graphic designer.
After serving over one hundred local businesses, she decided to go on a soulful design and education expedition to Tokyo, Japan, where she was asked to teach four hundred Japanese students a week at Tokyo Metropolitan University. She taught speech and debate. Since she could not live without graphic design, she designed on her days off for a famous tattoo artist (and best friend of Ed Hardy) Horiyoshi III.
She lived in the hippest part of Tokyo -- Harajuku, did yoga every day, dated men from every country, and discovered her love of graphic design, teaching and sushi were pretty much her definition of living her dream.
Won An International Design Award
Upon return to the states, she designed for a local government organization called Astoria Parks & Recreation. She was brought in as a "branding expert" as the media called her, and took a failing, bankrupt and unsafe community pool and re-branded them so successfully, that the re-branded identity of the organization won an international design award from LERN, for "Best Catalog Design Targeting Gen Y"
Professor Of Branding, Design, Entrepreneurship At University Of Oregon & Forbes School of Business
Upon winning this award, at the award ceremony she was invited to teach for the University of Oregon and The Forbes School of Business. She taught branding, design, entrepreneurship, for four years, all while developing and testing core philosophies on how to take a non-designer and make them design like a professional in a very short period of time. This became the foundation for all of her teachings today.
Senior Graphic Designer For Nike
In addition to teaching for these universities she was invited to work as a "Graphic Developer for the Center of Excellence at the Nike Headquarters." She was in charge of overseeing 300 t-shirt designs that include LeBron, Livestrong, Kobe Bryant, Athletic Training, Running, Tennis and more. She was then promoted to Senior Graphic Designer for Nike Tennis.
In March of 2012,she was brought on to help establish a women's rights organization, that lead to growing over 10,000 likes on the organization's Facebook page in 3 months. The media caught wind of this she was featured on CBS news, and More Magazine and Bust Magazine.
In 2013, she launched YouCanBrand.com and taught almost 200 small business owners how to design their very own brand and website in a very short period of time. The business exploded into a thriving six figure business, and Her students have gone on to having thriving design businesses, even though they had never designed prior to her course. Her students have designed for famous rock bands such as Mogwai, have been published around the world, and many have gone on to just design for their own beautifully branded businesses! Get your FREE Roadmap for your Brand and Biz!