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Design is more than just art for me—it’s my life. As a professional graphic artist, I welcome any design challenge. For the past eleven years, I have been involved in all aspects of the creative process—from initial concept/design direction to working with vendors to ensure a high quality, cost-effective final product.

With my publication layout and design experience, organizational and leadership skills and strong time and project management qualities, I am a great asset. As for my work ethic, I’m the designer who arrives early and stays late to get the job done. I’m enthusiastic about developing ideas and maintaining (as well as raising) standards in any creative environment. I have been fortunate to work with creative professionals such as editors, illustrators and photographers, which boosts my ability to appreciate and produce gorgeous design.

Please contact me at jillian@jillianbacodesigns.com or feel free to view my LinkedIn Profile.


Testimonials
"I've had a chance to work with Jillian professionally in two different capacities over the years. Jillian has a terrific eye for design and can conceptualize concepts that a writer/editor can only broadly describe – she can fine tune the ideas to perfection! I hired Jillian as a freelance designer to work with one of my book publishing clients. Jillian is detail oriented, always delivers a superior product ahead of schedule and is flexible and creative when it comes to finding solutions to problems. I have enjoyed working with her!"
—Katherine Johnson, Freelance Writer/Editor, Katherine Johnson Media Enterprises, LLC

"Jillian was a pleasure to work with and a great addition to our design team. Not only is she very creative, but gladly takes leadership of new projects and always delivers on time. I would highly recommend Jillian for any design team or freelance project."
—Renée Blair, Owner/Art Director, Blair Creative Group, Inc.

"Jillian is a creative-minded, motivated, wonderful person. She is always thinking on her toes, and definitely adds to every concept we created. It's not the same working on projects without her!"
—Betsy Hansen, Owner, Betsy Hansen Photography

"We've had the opportunity to work together on various design projects and I always know that I won't have to ask her about the status of a file, not to mention question the quality of the work she produces. She's always prompt to submit everything and, in my experience, has never missed a deadline. There are only a handful of colleagues that I've worked with that I would feel confident recommending for a job, but Jillian is one of the few in that small pool of people."
—Natalie Bogan Morgan, Writer/Editor


Education

Bachelor of Science, Journalism & Mass Communications at University of Kansas
2002 – 2006 Lawrence, KS

Awards

2016
›› American Package Design Awards, Graphic Design USA
2015
›› American Graphic Design Awards, Graphic Design USA
2015
›› American Graphic Design Awards, Graphic Design USA
2015
›› American Graphic Design Awards, Graphic Design USA
2010
›› Gold for Best Department Design, Annual Charlie Awards, FMA
2010
›› Silver for Brochure Design, International Davey Awards
2009
›› Bronze for Best Department Design, Annual Charlie Awards, FMA

Skills

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • WordPress
  • Microsoft Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Excel