¡Hola! Me llamo Jenna. I’m a “Sconnie girl” (from Wisconsin) who is still fairly new to the city. I moved to Chicago from Wisconsin last year to start my job as a Graphic Designer at For Your Party. I went to college at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where I studied Graphic Design and Spanish. Upon beginning my adventure at FYP, I was excited to learn that a lot of my co-workers spoke Spanish. I try to practice with them when I can—¡me encanta mucho! My current role at FYP includes working with customer’s custom art they upload, as well as preparing all the FYP artwork for metal plate production. We’re also working on redesigning some clip art for our galleries, so that’s been exciting as well!
How would you describe your design style?
One word to describe my design style is contrast. I like variation in size, weight and spatial relationships. This summer I designed a Bridal Shower Invitation, mixing a more contemporary calligraphic typeface with a sleek san serif. Handwritten fonts like Channel Slanted (the one pictured on the invite) are very trendy right now. I also designed floral and striped patterns for the invite. The solid stripes pick up the black from the text and provide nice positive and negative space, while the watercolor pattern carries color throughout the background in the pattern and directs you to the main focal point. I also designed some cute coasters and napkins for the party!
What’s your favorite FYP product?
We have so many fun paper products to choose from here at FYP. My favorite is our Plum Linen Like Cocktail Napkin with Satin 18 kt. Gold Foil. My favorite paper and foil combo is Poptone Dark Olive with Shiny Rose Gold Foil—check it out for any matchbox, tag or other party favor item!
Where do you get inspiration?
I get inspiration from a lot around me: fashion, nature, books — it really depends on what I’m working on. I believe as long as you keep your eyes fresh and open to discovering new things you’ll find inspiration in many places.
Describe your perfect Saturday.
My perfect Saturday would be a day outdoors. I love being outside, which gets so difficult to do year-round here in the Midwest. I always dreamed of moving somewhere warm and south after I graduated college—I managed the south part, but not so much the warm! I love hiking, bike riding, going to the beach to play volleyball, or just meandering around the city to find something new.
If you were a dog, what breed would you be?
If I were a dog, I’d probably be a Whippet. One of my friends from college is obsessed with them; this picture is of her dog, Macy. I think it’d be a good fit for me—I’m tall, skinny, and my expression is just about the same in the cold. Also, she kind of looks like she’s doing a yoga pose, and I’m a yogini, so it’s perfect!
What’s your favorite travel destination?
I love traveling. Unfortunately, I am terrified of flying, but I do it to give myself the opportunity to discover more of this beautiful planet. My favorite international travel destination has been Brazil. I spent three weeks there in 2015 visiting a friend I met studying abroad in Spain. It was so fun traveling around speaking Spanish to the Brazilians, who did not have any problem understanding me, but then responded in Portuguese, which went entirely over my head.
I still remember one phrase really well that my friend and her family taught me: Você pode me dar um guardanapo, por favor? (Can you hand me a napkin, please?). They thought it was hilarious when I would ask them that at the dinner table because I spoke very little Portuguese. There were so many beautiful beaches in Ceará; we also saw an area (Morro Branco) that actually reminded me a lot of my favorite domestic travel destination: Colorado. I went to Colorado on a trip for basketball in high school and we got to do a lot of fun stuff throughout the trip: hike, whitewater raft, see the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and of course—play basketball. I also recently made it back out there to visit Denver. Conclusion of my travel life: I love being outdoors (when the temperature is above 32ºF).
What’s your favorite Chicago restaurant?
So I’ve realized brunch is a pretty big deal in Chicago. I’ve been to a few great places, one being the Bongo Room in Andersonville—their banana pancakes are AMAZEBALLS. If you’re ever in Chicago, check it out!