Jessica Walsh is an American graphic designer, art director, illustrator, and a partner at creative agency Sagmeister & Walsh. Walsh began coding and designing websites at age 11 and went on to study graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design.
As an intern at Pentagram and later as an associate art director at Print magazine, Walsh had design work featured in various magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and New York Times Magazine. In 2010, Walsh met Stefan Sagmeister and was hired by the firm. After two years of working at Sagmeister Inc. and at age 25, Walsh became partner.
Walsh’s work is a blend of photography, handcraft and painting and her style has been called “bold, emotional and provocative.” She works for clients such as Jay-Z, Barneys, The New York Times, Levi’s, and The Museum of Modern Art, among many others. Her work has won most major design awards and has been featured in books, galleries, museums and magazines worldwide. She has received numerous distinctions such as Forbes Magazine “30 under 30 top creatives designing the future.” Her social experiment and book “40 Days of Dating” is being turned into a movie. Her most recent project, “12 Kinds of Kindness,” was a 12-step experiment designed to open hearts, eyes and minds.
Conversation with Jessica Walsh following the lecture
Kate Bingaman-Burt is an illustrator and educator. Her work orbits around the objects in our lives: the things we buy, the things we discard, and the collectivity and social interaction that can arise from cycles of consumption. Via illustrations, daily documentation, publications, events, large-scale participatory projects, client work, and a full-time role as educator, Kate’s work invites a dialogue about contemporary forms of exchange. She is an Associate Professor in Graphic Design at Portland State University and sits on the boards of Design Week Portland, Independent Publishing Resource Center and Octopus Books. Some recent clients include IDEO, Uniqlo, Chipotle and Oprah Magazine.