In the beginning, God created Jessica:
I was born in the Philippines. This is the fun fact that I tell people at cocktail parties surrounding the cool circumstances of my birth: the day I was born, February 25, 1987, was exactly one year after the departure of Ferdinand Marcos and his authoritarian rule over the islands.
Thus, a huge parade was in session and along with that, a horrible traffic jam. Stuck in this traffic was my mom’s doctor, so she had to give birth to me without him.
Moral of the story: the entire Philippine nation was rejoicing when I was born, so you know that nothing but greatness would be ahead.
We didn’t stay in the Philippines. When I was 3 years old, my family moved to the good ol’ United States and settled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
During my rainy childhood, paper and crayons and I were inseparable. When I would go shopping with my mom, I would plop down in what ever store we were in and just start drawing.
In middle school and high school, I graduated into blogging (writing was the only way I felt like I could fully express myself and be understood), which led me to designing (I always wanted to make whatever juvenile blog I was using that month beautiful). In between AP History and calculus, I was teaching myself Photoshop, HTML and CSS.
Eventually, I went to college in Virginia. During those four years, I lived abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and interned at a newspaper in the suburbs of Washington D.C.
I double majored in journalism and history. I found some new things that I liked (economics and Ultimate Frisbee) and found that some old things never went away (design).
I never lost that passion for design. By then, it had grown to making mock newspaper layouts just for giggles and designing brochures and other projects for the student groups I participated in.
After college, I headed back to the west coast and stayed on that journalism path. I interned at a TV station before finally getting a real job at different TV station in California, where I presently work (and also where I met my husband).
In all this, I have come to realize:
- I love good design. I love seeing it, reading about it and doing it.
- I want to never stop learning. I want to share what I learn so others can learn too.
- Life isn’t supposed to be complicated. I want to live as simple as possible.