Creative. Critical-Thinker. Collector.

currently reading
East of Eden, John Steinbeck / Word by Word, Kory Stamper
my design story
Hello! My name is Jen Phelps. I'm a visual designer in the Chicago-land area. I'm currently working as a print designer at Tyndale House Publishers. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from Judson University, where I also established a true and lasting passion for my work. I enjoy strong work collaboration, a great cup of coffee and the seamless letter-form, to name a few. I design because it is everything and is everywhere. The ability to create something that functions, looks aesthetically beautiful, tells a story, and solves a problem from beginning to end are only some of the traits of the design process I find to be necessary and meaningful.
Over the years, I have learned that design is a lifestyle, not only a profession, within which I am prepared to be a lifetime student. I'm always looking to learn new things, see projects from various perspectives, and challenge myself in the areas I need to grow in. I enjoy solving design problems and working with a team to find the right solution, sometimes breaking the rules to do so. I find inspiration in unique places, passionate experiences, crafty food and drink, modern products, and brilliant people (specifically the designers that have gone before).
what inspires me
People
dieter rams / charles & ray eames / ettore sotsass / steve jobs / herb lubalin / eero saarinen / edith heath / mies van der rohe / alexander girard / george nelson / lella & massimo vignelli / florence knoll / hans wegner / jens quistgaard
Products
olivetti valentine typewriter / bodum / apple / herman miller / knoll / braun / italian pottery / west-german pottery / crate & barrel / ikea / arabia finland / dansk / copco / raymor / vitra / bennington / pendleton / stendig
Tools
coffee / macbook pro / wacom intuos / tombow pens / urban ears plattan / pilot precise v5 pens / varidesk / ergoergo / eames time life chair / moleskine sketchbook / scanner pro / creative cloud / typekit / iphone
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