jen ng • designer

bio

A Midwestern gal at heart with big-city valor, I moved to NYC from Madison, WI in 2006 to work in the melting pot of all things creative. My previous experience with promoting bands, writing about DIY culture-makers and art directing photo shoots for the late and great quarterly <a style="color: #10b1a4;" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_Zine" target="_blank">Venus Zine,</a> led me to working with editors and stylists in the design industry. Companies like <a style="color: #10b1a4;" href="https://baggu.com/" target="_blank">BAGGU</a> + <a style="color: #10b1a4;" href="http://hableconstruction.com/hable-collection/" target="_blank">Hable Construction</a> created PR positions for me; I was promoted from Intern to Communications Director at <a style="color: #10b1a4;" href="http://www.aestheticmovement.com/" target="_blank">Aesthetic Movement</a>; and I collaborated with photo agents on branding and art direction at <a style="color: #10b1a4;" href="http://www.triciajoyce.com/" target="_blank">Tricia Joyce Inc.</a> In between, I work on social justice causes involving LGBTQ topics, youth empowerment and women's advocacy. <a style="color: #10b1a4;" href="http://williemaerockcamp.org/" target="_blank">(Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls,</a> <a style="color: #10b1a4;" href="http://www.theheartradio.org/" target="_blank">The Heart)</a> The common thread linking these varied artistic mediums is my love of working with creative and passionate people from concept to execution — from designing curriculums on media literacy, art directing photo shoots to designing user-centered experiences.

 
 

THE SHORT BIO

A Midwestern gal at heart with big-city valor, I moved to New York City from Madison, Wisconsin in 2006 to work in the melting pot of all things creative. I did PR for boutique brands like BAGGU and Hable Construction; and art directed photo shoots for BUST Magazine and Venus Zine. Having worked closely with small companies with big hearts and missions, I wanted to find a way to bridge the gap between the brand and the user. I now specialize in UX and visual design. In between, I work on social justice causes involving LGBTQ topics, youth empowerment and women's advocacy for organizations like The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and The Heart.

 

THE LONGER BIO

I like to root for the underdog — from the queer person of color who’s afraid to have a voice, the punk band that plays at DIY venues to an audience of 5, to the small business built on a threadbare budget. This has been true since I was a child standing 3’ tall where my natural curiosity and empathic nature helped me see past race, gender, social status, religion, sexual orientation, mental agility, and physical ability. I was interested in people and their stories. To know them was to empathize with them.

I apply that to my adult life in working on projects with a lot of heart and soul, whose founders and team members are advocates for the arts, social justice and mental health. In the past decade, I’ve conceived ideas and executed visions, creating opportunities where there is a need through content strategy and creative direction for brands, individuals, and non-profits. But the challenge was in affecting change on a more impactful level.

I pivoted from working with arts-focused companies to product design in the tech industry, where strategic thinking and great design could impact the world on a more scalable level through technology. My time working with small companies showed me the ins-and-outs of what makes a business go around — experiences that led me to apply a holistic approach to designing touchpoints using my UX, UI, branding, and strategy skills on a larger level.