Jenna Van Hout
Jenna Van Hout is an independent designer & artist in the Bay Area



Jenna Van Hout is an independent designer & artist in the Bay Area.

I design identities, websites, print things, and most other things. Most recently, I was the Lead Communications Designer for Hustle, where I redefined the brand of the revolutionary SMS tool. Prior to that, I have worked in several agencies, most notably as Principal Designer at Blue State Digital, where I focused on branding and digital design for non-profits and progressive brands.

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Selected Clients


Over the past decade, I’ve worked with progressive brands, startups, non-profits, political parties, financial institutions & everything in between.

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BFA Communications Design
Carnegie Mellon University
School of Design

Professional Experience

Independent Designer
Jenna Van Hout | 2018 - present

Lead Communications Designer
Hustle | Oct 2017 - Nov 2018

Principal Designer
Blue State Digital | 2015 - 2017

Senior Designer
Blue State Digital | 2013 - 2015

Senior Visual Designer
Isobar | 2011 - 2013

Visual Designer
Roundarch | 2009 - 2011

Visual Design Intern
Roundarch | 2008


Press & Writing

Scout Books ran a case study on one of my design projects. Designing an event experience for Keepers of the Constants

I like to think about collaboration. Don't Fear the Feedback: Four tips for informal, yet effective design collaboration (Originally posted on AIGA)

Here's one of my finer persuasive pieces.  Email to my Boss: On Creativity, Hot Metal, and the Eccentric Use of Personal Development Funds

Some people think I'm inspiring. Arc Interview: Inspired By: Jenna Steely, Designer

For more writing, visit my blog.

Fun Facts

Tallest mountain climbed:
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
19,341 ft

Famous handshakes:
Barack Obama
Tony Blair

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