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People to Watch in 2011 BACK FORWARD

pressley johnson design
wendy pressley-jacobs
william lee johnson

pressley johnson design

Wendy Pressley-Jacobs formed Pressley Jacobs Design in 1985; the nationally recognized firm is celebrating its silver anniversary with a name change to Pressley Johnson Design. Pressley-Jacobs has 35 years of experience in the design consulting industry, including senior management posts at Goldsholl Design & Film, Burson-Marsteller, and Design Planning Group. She graduated from Indiana University with a BFA degree in graphic design. A member of the AIGA Chicago Chapter Advisory Board, Pressley-Jacobs has been “Woman of the Year” Women in Design/Chicago and named “Alumni of the Year” by the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. She has received recognition from numerous design organizations, and has been tapped to judge design shows across the country, including the 2010 Communication Arts design competition. New “name partner” William Lee Johnson has 25 years of branding and marketing experience. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his work has been recognized by prestigious organizations and publications: Graphis, The Type Directors Club, New York Art Directors Club, American Corporate Identity, GDUSA, Society of Typographic Arts —Design Archives, and more. Johnson is a member of the AIGA, chairing and participating in various chapter programs. He also speaks on many of the challenges small businesses face today.

WENDY PRESSLEY-JACOBS

Where were you born, where do you live, did this effect your design style or sensibilities?
I was born in Evansville IN but only lived there 7 months, and have never been back. I spent my childhood in the suburbs of three midwestern cities: Detroit, Cleveland, and Chicago. In that order. I was in a different school for each of my grade school years 1-5, which taught me flexibility, and the skill of meeting new people. It also broadened my horizons. Growing up in the midwest certainly had an impact on my work ethic, but not necessarily on my design style. Living in the Midwest, and Chicago created a psyche where I value things that are “true” and “honest”.

If you were not a designer, what would you do?
I've always been intrigued with architecture. So, if I hadn't found graphic design, I may have pursued architecture. If I were to be totally unrealistic, I would love to do something in the equestrian world (other than spend money!).

What advice would you give a design student or young professional just starting out?
Meet as many people as you can. Get involved with the AIGA or other professional design organization in your area. Volunteer to help them out. And seek out volunteer opportunities where your design sensibility can help. At work: Work hard. Listen, try to be a sponge and absorb as much knowledge from those around you as you can. Share ideas with co-workers. Don't be afraid to voice an opinion. Critique each other!

Design Hero?
Armin Hofmann
Favorite Color?
slate blue
Favorite Typeface?
Humanist
Favorite App?
Flixster, Currency, Angry Birds
Favorite TV Shows?
Modern Family, The Big C, Men of a Certain Age, Brothers & Sisters, David Letterman, anything on HGTV
Favorite Books?
This year: The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. An all time favorite: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
Favorite Movies?
OK, hard one... I see a new movie every week! This year: Social Network. Last year: The Hurt Locker and Grand Torino. One favorite of all time: Annie Hall.
Favorite Music?
Neil Young
Favorite Fine Artists?
Andy Goldsworthy, Lenore Tawney
Favorite Gadget?
iPhone, iPad
Bookmarked Websites?
Brand New, LinkedIn, United Airlines, Horse Shows Online
Worst Habit?
Staying up way too late
New Year’s Resolution?
Clean office/put away the piles. At home, get through the stacks of magazines!

WILLIAM LEE JOHNSON

Where were you born, where do you live, did this effect your design style or sensibilities?
Born, raised and live in the Midwest. Yes — strong, respectful and approachable. These common Midwestern characteristics apply well to design.

If you were not a designer, what would you do?
Psychology. Helping others is much easier than helping yourself.

What advice would you give a design student or young professional just starting out?
Learn solid methodology. Once learned it will serve you well throughout your career.

Design Hero?
Paul Rand (past), Rick Valicenti (current)—Incredible range and pushes the boundries between fine art and design.
Favorite Color?
Blue
Favorite Typeface?
Garamond (serif), Din (sans serif)
Favorite App?
Sportacular
Favorite TV Shows?
Sunday Morning, Modern Family, The Walking Dead
Favorite Books?
Tuesdays with Morrie, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, A Short History of Nearly Everything
Favorite Movies?
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Schindler's List, Harry Potter Series, Shrek 1
Favorite Music?
Anything with creative/humorous lyrics, Cake, Eels, John Prine, etc
Favorite Fine Artists?
Seymour Chwast (ok- designer/artist)
Favorite Gadget?
iPhone (I sleep with it)
Bookmarked Websites?
Google news
Worst Habit?
Fast Food
New Year’s Resolution?
Volunteer more, don't yell

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