Designer & Brand Manager

Hey, I'm Jen.


I am an experienced designer and communicator. I currently work as a Marketing & Communications Director at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. I am also an adjunct instructor in the UF CJC’s online graduate program.

I am a passionate design advocate who loves to help build strong and adaptable brands. I am an educator, a facilitator, and an ambassador for using design as a way to solve problems, find innovative solutions, and build better systems. 


Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

BA, Mass Communication specializing in visual communications - graphic design

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

MA, Mass Communication specializing in
web design and online communication

Service Orgs & Roles

AIGA | the professional association for design

Gainesville Tech Association Board Member - 2017

StartupGNV Advisory Council Member - 2019

Recent Presentations, Talks & Judging:

2019 AIGA Leadership Retreat // Atlanta, GA

  • Mainstage: IBM + AIGA Enterprise Design Thinking in Community

  • Breakout: UNITE, Collaborations with Local Government and Nonprofits for Community Impact

Gainesville UX Meetup // March 2020

"Design is about Communication"

2020 Netflix + Adobe Creative Jam Off-Air Judge

GNVirtual Conference // May 2020

"Designing Community"

AIGA Miami's Designing for Empathy Workshop

2018 Gainesville BarCamp Featured Session

"Don't Just Make it Look Pretty"

© 2020 by Jennifer Ford.