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Advice to Startups About Design

As a part of TechCocktail’s Startup Mixology Conference, JESS3’s co-founder Leslie Bradshaw was asked to present on one of the many ingredients needed to make a startup successful: design. And even more so, how to successfully work with designers.

Drawing from our team’s passion for working together and building a culture of excellence and execution, JESS3 prepared four topline tips that included:

1. Make a designer your second hire, not your tenth. Give them a strategic seat at the table and leadership role in the company. It is that important.

2. Make your choice, make it right, listen, learn and defend. This includes: – Finding the right person and / or team. – Put your trust in them. Completely. – Learn how to speak their language. – Make them feel that they are supported. Let them see genuinely that you support them. – Understand their process and what motivates them. And why. – Defend their POV and timeline at all cost with investors, coworkers and clients.

3. Don’t be bound by geography to hire designers. Look to virtual communities like Behance, “Dribbble”: http://dribbble.com/jess3, Forrst and Visual.ly to connect with and recruit diverse talent. Look to physical events and workshops like UX Week, Offf and Anderson Ranch to make offline connections and deepen your own knowledge base.

4. Establish a culture of precision, excellence and execution. Think about the companies, cultures and outputs created by greats like: David Ogilvy, Walt Disney, Jack Welch, Steve Jobs, Anna Wintour and our own CEO and founder, Jesse Thomas. Don’t compromise on excellence. Putting out amazing work / product is key to being known and noticed. Sustain it. Make it part of your DNA.

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POV: Interview with Leslie Bradshaw, President of JESS3

Agency Post sits down with our fearless President, COO and Co-founder to discuss our company's approach to the creative process, her leadership philosophy and the ins-and-outs of building an agency from the ground up. In addition to talking about favorite projects, she also shouts-out JESS3's longtime veterans founder and CEO Jesse Thomas, VP of Production and Operations Becca Colbaugh, Comptroller Carol Zirkle, Director of Motion Mark Kulakoff and Senior Designer Eric Leach.

Washington Business Journal Covers JESS3 HQ Move to LA

As JESS3 begins to settle in its new Los Angeles headquarters, The Washington Business Journal announces the void it will leave in its former Washington D.C. home. President, and COO Leslie Bradshaw, along with CEO and Co-Founder Jesse Thomas moved to California in early June. WBJ Reporter Bill Flook writes, "JESS3 is going out West, where the clients are near and the talent is plentiful." Flook continues, "The reasons behind the relocation are predictable. JESS3 works for some big-name tech and media clients." Last year alone, 93% of JESS3's revenue came solely from their West Coast clients. As Bradshaw states in the article, "It’s just nice to be a little bit closer to the clients we serve."

JESS3 Helps NASA and Gowalla Launch Partnership

To help Gowalla users find the NASA Moon Rocks across the U.S., JESS3's design team created a customized illustration of each location they can be found at the create a true cohesive treasure map.

JESS3 Talks User Experience at The Nonick Conference

CEO and Founder Jesse Thomas and Director of Strategy Brad Cohen traveled to Bilbao, Spain to participate in the Nonick Conference, which promotes the role of technology and new media in developing new areas of Spain’s economy. The expert duo shared tips on making information snackable, social objects, and keeping the target audience in mind.

Google x JESS3 Post Super Tuesday Graphic Featured on Buzzfeed

Following Super Tuesday, the Google Politics and Elections team partnered with JESS3 to visualize how each Republican candidate competed in the Super Tuesday states, in the categories of states won, Google Search interest, delegates won, and percentage of votes achieved. In six of the 10 states, the candidate who received the most search interest prior to Super Tuesday also won the state.

Creepy Cupid Valentines by JESS3 Featured on Mashable

Mashable featured JESS3’s Creepy Cupid series of digital valentines as part of their Valentine’s Day coverage, publicizing their humour and connection to the all-too-real online world of dating. Our graphics, called a “hilarious set,” use real quotes from online dating site OKCupid to encapsulate the boldness — and the trepidations — of online dating. Ranging from the silly to the outright absurd, the shareable cards were optimized for social media and capitalized on the hashtag #CreepyCupid. Mashable noted that regardless of whether love is blind, our playful graphics are “all the visualization you need.”

Eloqua and JESS3 Release the Grande Guide to Wikipedia

In no more time than it takes to finish your 16-ounce cup of morning coffee, you can learn all about one of the web’s biggest phenomena in “The Grande Guide to Wikipedia.” This is the fifth installment of Eloqua’s popular e-book series, and the revenue performance management giant has partnered with JESS3 once again to produce it.

JESS3's TLD Visualization Featured in the Washington Post

As ICANN prepared to make a big Top Level Domain-related announcement in early 2011, JESS3 was commissioned by the Washington Post to bring a visual storytelling angle to the changing tides of domain names. The challenge was how to give an "out with the old, in with the new" feel. As the TLD story continues to unfold, JESS3's art is as relevant as ever. Notes Washington Post reporter Hayley Tsukayama: "The organization tasked with regulating the Web’s domain names — that’s everything to the right of the dot in a URL — released its list detailing who has applied for new Web suffixes Wednesday. Companies who applied for new addresses include Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft as well as prominent firms such as Macy’s, Wal-Mart and Tiffany. Each application cost the companies $185,000."

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