I'm Janell.

about

An award-winning, designer, artist, design educator, and advocate for the power of design thinking to transform brand experiences, organizations, communities and human experience. For more than 10 years, she's developed engaging design solutions for consulting, marketing, promotional, communications and interpretive programs for Government Agencies, Corporations, Museums, School Systems, Arts and Community organizations and Brands. Janell founded her first studio in 2006 (Public Design Unit) in Jacksonville, Florida and launched Athenaum Design in 2016, and founded her newest studio, Art + Legend in 2019 in Chicago. She's is active in both the design and entrepreneurial communities, and is a a former board member for the Women's Business Center. She has expertise in design and development of graphics for advertsing, publications, digital, motion graphics, signage systems and interpretive programs. She speaks and writes on design and entrepreneurial topics, conducts courses and lectures, and has taught as an adjunct professor of design at local universities since 2002. She currently lives and works in Chicago.




DESIGN FOR PRINT, DIGITAL,
MOTION AND ENVIRONMENTS.



Publication
Design
Brand Identities +
Design Systems
Digital Design +
Motion Graphics
Experimental
Graphics
Creative Consulting
Design Courses + Lectures
E-Learning
Design
Writing

technical skills

I am a hands-on Creative Director, with a design background. I began my career in Print and Art Direction, and expanded to include Web, Motion and Signage. Creating Graphic Layout, look-and-feel, and identity systems is some of the work that I most enjoy creating with clients.

Creative Direction
12 yrs
Art Direction
c 16 yrs
Graphic Layout
16 yrs
Conceptual Design
16 yrs
Web Design / UI
9 yrs
Adobe Creative Suite
17 yrs

work

My Approach

"Design's real power is to create value, create beauty, create audiences, and create impact. And with every project I take on, and each client I collaborate with, these 4 are always my objective and the end-game of my creative process."

- Janell Conner

1
2014-2016
Fox Young University, New York
BFA Visual Communications / Graphic Design
2
2012-2014
University of Engineering, New York
Coursework,
Motion Graphics, 2010
3
Coursework
Web Design (2006 - 2010)

experience
May 2019 - present
Principal + Creative Director Art + Legend, Chicago

May 2016 - May 2019
Creative Director + CEO Athenaum Design, Houston

May 2005 – Dec 2014
CEO + Creative Director Public Design Unit, Jacksonville, FO

2002 – 2019
Adjunct Professor, Design

  • Houston Baptist University (Houston)
  • Lonestar College (Houston)
  • San Jacinto College (Houston)
  • Jacksonville University (Jacksonville)


clients


contact

Hello , I'd love to hear from you.

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