Hello, my name is Robert Jarrell.
I’m a designer, artist, writer, and mentor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. My mission is to make the world a better place by doing the best I can with everything I do, rather it be designing new software, creating art, or relationships I have with colleagues, friends, family, environment and the world.
My interest and inspiration comes from Japanese culture, design, art, film, books, music, yoga and meditation.
As a design director, UX designer, and traditional graphic designer with 18 years professional experience I’m driven to provide clients with intelligent design solutions that align business goals with audience needs.
I design and develop products and websites using lean UX, agile, and hybrid processes with an emphasis on design thinking methods, strategy, and problem solving. I collaborate with creative teams and clients to create meaningful and engaging user experiences that improve people’s day to day life.
My design skills include leading teams and projects, UX, UI, interaction and information design, research, strategy, prototyping, product design, art and design direction, branding, identity, illustration, and traditional graphic design skills including communication, visual design, and print design. Outside my core skills I have experience with marketing, front-end web development, motion graphics, video editing, photography, audio production, publishing, editing, and copywriting.
As an artist I create images without conscious intent. I allow images and forms to come into the world rather than be forced into the world. I have a bachelor’s degree in fine art and have been involved with various creative groups and art related events throughout my life. I’ve made art since I was a child and will continue to my entire life.
I enjoy the mental and formal challenges that writing offers and the creative nuances it shares with design and art. In college I studied literature and creative writing and wavered between pursuing it, design, or art, before finally deciding on the latter. I spent years flirting with dozens of projects including a graphic novel and experimental long stories. I founded HeadLight Journal, one of the first DIY digital print hybrid publications active from 2000-06. I penned dozens of essays, reviews, experimental fiction, and did numerous interviews, all in addition to editorial duties and the publication’s design. It was my life for six years and I had the opportunity to collaborate and befriend many talented designers, artists, writers, and musicians.
Although I work full-time and make art I continue to keep my design consulting business active (established 1999) and have taken on smaller projects for non-profits, small businesses and start-ups. I’m currently interested in new projects that integrate design and art in new ways. I’m also seeking projects that center around experiences, interactivity, brand, identity, strategy, wearable apps, and package design. I’m interested in working with startups, musicians, record labels, artists, galleries, museums, magazines and book publishers. I’m interested in health and wellness, education, film, craft beer, and art industries. Please feel free to contact me for rates and availability.