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ABOUT JESS

I’m Jess, an award-winning designer, developer & artist from the heartland of the US (a.k.a. Kansas City.) I live & breathe design. My areas of expertise include user experience design, website design, WordPress development, front-end development, and anything Adobe Photoshop related (be still my heart.) I guess you could say I’m the “creative type.”

How It All Started

At the (ridiculously nerdy) age of twelve, I began tinkering around with HTML & teaching myself the basics of coding websites. Over my teenage years, I grew stronger in my coding abilities and also learned the foundations of design. I was hooked. Now roughly 20 years later, I’ve got a heck of a lot of experience under my belt. I’ve done a little bit of just about anything creative.

Currently, I work full-time at a lovely place by the name of MBB. My official title is ‘User Experience Architect.’ I specialize in all things User Experience, WordPress development & Website Design.

My Early Career

I graduated with my degree in Graphic Design in 2009. I got my feet wet in the professional world working in radio. In radio, I maintained and managed websites for over five radio stations here in Kansas City, including 96.5 The Buzz. After a few years in radio, I found my way into working at smaller companies. The smaller companies I worked for focused more on digital development and design. This provided me with experience in a more agency-oriented workplace. View more employment history on LinkedIn.

An Undercover Nerd

I pride myself on my work and my art. I’ve been working with WordPress for longer than I’d like to admit. If Photoshop were a person, I would likely marry it. If I’m not coding or designing or painting, you can probably find me gardening, reading, or walking my basset hounds,  Dash & Louise. My dogs are my furry children and the center of my world. I care deeply about animal welfare. And I do occasional pro-bono work for animal rescue organizations, including Imagine FURever Ranch & PetEx Transport.

Why I Love My Job

Would you call me introverted? Maybe a bit, yeah, although don’t let that fool you. I work great with personalities of all types. Artsy-fartsy? Sure, you could say that. But trust me, I’m no art snob. I’m just a chick who loves to create. I love the psychology behind design work. Really getting into the heart and soul of a project to achieve the best solution possible. And I love helping people succeed in their endeavors. Plain and simple.

Interested in hiring me? Reach out to my company, MBB. Tell them Jessie Johnston sent you!

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13
years professional experience
75
websites built
2573
cups of coffee

SOME THINGS I LIKE:

Analyzing restaurant menus on the off-chance I get out of the house for a meal. Plugins that don’t break my websites. Dogs wearing clothes and/or hats. Old school unfashionable idioms are the bee’s knees.

SOME THINGS I DON'T LIKE:

Newsletter subscription popup modal windows on every website EVER. Rude buttons. Coloring inside the lines. Pixelation in print media. Malware – my ultimate nemesis. The paradox of choice.

Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.

- Ray Bradbury

FAVORITE TOOLS:

Adobe XD / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Illustrator / Adobe InDesign / Adobe Premiere / CSS / InVision / Axure / Coda / Atom / GitKraken / Browserstack / SourceTree / Jira

Specialties.

WordPress Websites

Website Design

User Experience Design

Web Development

Making the web a little cooler since 2001.

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My Superhero Skills.

WordPress Fanatic

99%

Custom Coder

94%

SEO Junkie

88%

Photoshop Guru

99%

UX Designer

97%

Amateur Photographer

84%

Singing in the Rain

100%
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Jess is amazing. Her work speaks for itself. She’s a true jack-of-all-trades, moving from graphic design to UX to development seamlessly. She’s also great to work with: focused, highly intelligent, and fun!

Megan Zander
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