Jessica Walsh
Jessica Walsh Young

Jessica Walsh

Designer, Art Director and Partner, Sagmeister & Walsh

Jessica Walsh is a designer and art director working in New York City. She is a partner at the New York based design studio Sagmeister & Walsh. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts and speaks internationally about design and creativity. Her work has won awards from most design competitions including Type Director’s Club, Red Dot, Art Director’s Club, SPD, D&AD, Print, and Graphis. Her work has also been featured in numerous books, magazines and exhibitions. She has also received various celebrated distinctions such as Forbes "30 under 30 greatest makers" Computer Art’s “Top Rising Star in Design,” an Art Director’s Club “Young Gun,” and Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artist”. Clients include: Jay Z, Barneys, Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum, The New York Times, Levis, Adobe, and The School of Visual Arts.  

Play by your own rules

Jessica will speak about the value of play and creative constraints . She will discuss how play is at the heart of any creative process which requires innovation, and how one can enter this state mind. Play was crucial to her own development, and she shares how it influenced her career path. Every great game has a strict set of rules, and she thinks the same goes for design. Jessica thinks limitations helps creativity thrive. It’s difficult to do something great when the possibilities are endless. Through recent work at Sagmeister & Walsh Jessica shows how she creates her own rules which helps guide her to the concepts, and when it’s a good time to break them."