A Toronto-based art director, designer, illustrator and stylist, Jen Spinner creates playful and meticulous visual solutions with a sophisticated graphic sensibility.
She’s obsessed with magazines and focused on editorial design, but also successfully creates websites and tons of printed ephemera. Her three-dimensional paper illustrations are whimsical, expressive and often take viewers by pleasant surprise.
Jen possesses a strong understanding of the creative process for commercial ventures. She’s extremely resourceful and is able to bring big ideas to life, sometimes out of thin air.
In 2016, she jumped feet-and-heart-first into full-time freelance work, saying a bittersweet farewell to her role as deputy art director of Air Canada enRoute magazine. She has worked at Cundari advertising, Canadian Business magazine and The Walrus magazine. She was also the senior designer of Toronto Life magazine. Consequently, she’s very comfortable meeting tight deadlines and composing work-back schedules. She loves interacting directly with clients and exploring possibilities together. If needed, Jen has a strong network of talented photographers, designers and illustrators who can assist with large projects.
Jen’s project list includes work for Kate Spade New York, Pandora, Top Hat, McDonalds, With/Out Pretend, Le Chateau, The Grid, Right to Play, Human Rights Watch, MoneySense, St. Michael’s Hospital, Today’s Parent, The Walrus, Want Boutique, Webcom Publishing and more.
As a cis-gendered woman and mix-raced humanist, Jen is dedicated to collaborating with anyone who wants to create a memorable product. This includes, but is not limited members of the LGBTQQIP2SAA community, people of colour and folks of any ability.
She is available for select freelance work and commissions.
Please do contact Jen to collaborate on something magical, or just to tell her how much you love her.