Jessica Walsh is a designer, art director and partner at the New York City design firm Sagmeister & Walsh. Jessica is also a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Graphic Design and Advertising at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has won awards from the Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, Society of Publication Designers, Print, and Graphis. She has received various distinctions such as Computer Art’s “Top Rising Star in Design,” an ADC “Young Gun,” Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artist,” and L Magazine’s “25 under 25 Envy List.”
Jessica’s interest in computer programming was piqued at the age of 11, experimenting with coding and creating graphics for websites. She was on the forefront of online advertising, placing a Google ad on her blog as a teenager, which was quite financially successful. She enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Art and Design focusing her talent on graphic design. After graduation she was promptly recruited by Apple, but turned down the offer to accept a paid internship with the international design firm Pentagram. She has been incredibly busy since freelancing for a variety of prestigious clients, such as the The New York Times, AIGA, Computer Arts, I.D. Magazine and Technology Review.
In 2013, Jessica and her friend and fellow artist Timothy Goodman embarked on a social experiment: 40 Days of Dating. The experience was chronicled on their blog and their story was followed by over 5 million people. In 2015, she released 40 Days of Dating, a book with an inside look at the project and its aftermath.
When not doing design, Jessica can be found playing with her dog Olive, eating avocados, or doing yoga. She currently resides in New York City.