I’m a graphic designer living in Normal, Illinois, and currently working for University Marketing and Communications at Illinois State University.

I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL) in 2005 with a BFA; concentration in graphic design and art history. I’m currently a graduate student in the Program in Arts Technology at Illinois State—expecting to graduate with a MS next winter—and started this blog as an independent project in conjunction with my graduate studies.

I love writing about graphic design and visual culture, and plan to share a majority of my professional and personal work as well. In addition, I’m a huge type nerd, and spend a lot of my free time studying typography. Check out my other blog, The Weekly Typeface Project (coming in January), where I’ll be discussing the history, significance, and popular usage of a different typeface each week. And, as you can see from that last sentence, I prefer the Oxford comma; so deal with it.

I got started in the printing industry, where I worked from 2004–2006, and spent three years after that designing for a local non-profit organization in the role of Communications Director before coming to Illinois State in 2008. I currently freelance under the name J. Farrell Studio. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this blog, and feel free to check out my bio on the UMC website.

Awards and recognition (2008–present)
8 American Graphic Design Awards
14 Regional ADDY Awards (Peoria Ad Club)
3 CASE Awards (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)
2 DesignFirms Graphic Awards
2 Education Advertising Awards
2 In-Print Awards
Illinois Governor’s Marketing Award
Published in Graphic Design USA magazine and In-Plant Graphics magazine


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