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



Hi! I’m an independent visual designer and artist with a decade of design experience. I’ve worked with many progressive causes and brands to build communities, tell stories and create great experiences through websites, social media and email marketing, branding, UX, and print design. 

I cut my teeth working in agencies, where I grew and polished the skills of juggling many clients, timelines, deliverables and aesthetics over the course of nine years. I then spent a year in-house at a tech startup as a design Swiss Army knife, where I found that I missed the variety and excitement of working across many different brands and systems, and decided to open up shop as an independent designer.

Have an idea for a project or collaboration? Get in touch!

Looking for Jenna Steely? Learn about my name change here.

Selected Clients

  • Airbnb

  • ATKearney

  • Bloomberg

  • California Certified Organic Farmers

  • Canaan Partners

  • Fair Trade USA


  • Google Economic Impact Report

  • Google Fiber

  • Google for Entreprenuers


  • Greater London Authority

  • HBO

  • Hillel International

  • Labour Party UK

  • Madison Square Garden

  • Mastercard

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Playworks

  • Radio City Music Hall

  • Re:Work with Google

  • Ricki Lake

  • Shatterproof

  • Sierra Club

  • Tate Museum

  • Trevor Project

  • Umpqua Bank

  • XPrize Foundation

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.



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

Fun Facts

Tallest mountain climbed:
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
19,341 ft

Famous handshakes:
Barack Obama
Tony Blair

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