A Conversation with Linda Jones

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Tyler Tullis
Director of Marketing

Jul 5, 2017 | Culture

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MEET LINDA JONES, OUR NEWEST ART DIRECTOR. She joined our team this summer so we sat down to ask her a few questions about how she got started in the industry, her unique design aptitudes and what makes her tick outside the office. Enjoy!

What got you started on your graphic design journey?

I did my first graphic design internship my senior year in high school for the Idaho state lottery, a connection I made through my dad’s Deli business. When I went off to college, I knew that was what I wanted to do! I’ve always been into art though. When I was four years old, I went on a cross county trip to Illinois and Iowa in a motorhome to see family with my grandparents. After that trip grandma would always say, “she’s the only person I knew that could color for four straight hours!” I would just sit and color—that was my favorite thing. I’m so excited about the next step in my career at DH and am excited to work with the many different clients and the projects and getting to flex my creativity a bit and try new things!

What outside of the office do you enjoy the most?

I am a runner. I’ve enjoy distance running, half marathons are my sweet spot, I don’t even know how many I’ve run — like a million (not really a million but a lot!). I have also run 10 full marathons, and I’m also on a women’s running team, the Spokane Swifts. I’ve been the vice president since 2009 and we average just over 100 runners per year. It’s neat, our youngest member is 19 and our oldest is 65! It tends to be more competitive with scheduled workouts and long runs every week. But, it’s cool because no matter your speed or profession, everyone is there to work hard and recognizes the importance of taking care of themselves so they can take care of others in their lives.

What’s it like being a new mom?

Lilly, my daughter, is 17 months and it has definitely been an adjustment—but it’s AWESOME. It’s opened our eyes to so many different things. She’s just hilarious which makes it really fun and it’s amazing to see how spirited she already is at such a young age!

What gets you amped and most excited about graphic design—what are your favorite kinds of projects?

My favorite projects to work on are probably events—like event design. Designing my own wedding invitations was so fun, but my poor husband—I was like ‘nope, you don’t get a say!’ It’s fun to see all the event details play out. I kind of feel like it’s a mini brand in itself. Everything needs to look the same and consistent and come together to create this amazing project from the start to the finish. It’s a way to really control a brand—you can control how everything turns out and comes together.

Do you use your skills in graphic design in other areas of your life? (Is being a graphic designer feel like a lifestyle?)

I think so, I think my artistic background helps too I like to be organized when designing and am like that at home – everything has its place, well, at least it did before Lilly arrived. I have my own craft room at home and am able to spread projects out do multiple things at once and not have to clean it up each night. I used to draw and paint all in my free time, but now I do a lot of quilting and knitting – which to me is just a different area of art. I especially love to knit in the winter when you get to sit by the fire and be all cozy—may sound totally cheesy!

Do you have a major influence in your life?

My Grandma. She was never formally trained but she grew up wanting to learn and trying new things. Gosh—she’s eighty-four, and is still learning new techniques for knitting and crocheting. She’s quilted – hand and machine – and made hand-braided wool rugs for years, they’re so hard to make! Some day (hopefully many years from now), she will be passing down her foot pedal sewing machine and I’m beyond excited about having this piece of her to pass down to Lilly. It was her grandma’s and so it’s been passed down for a few generations already. To this day, I can still get together with her and talk about projects and different ideas I have and she’ll work through them with me. She pretty much rocks.

What’s something no one would ever guess about you?

One year, I almost got kicked out of Hoopfest… which people would never expect! I am very competitive when it comes to sports. It was our last game at Hoopfest 11 years ago, and I was by far the shortest player on a co-ed team. I would get super competitive and totally knock people down while trying to block shots.

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