2017 Adobe Creative Resident and Motion Infographic designer Jessica Bellamy, of Louisville Kentucky, tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. As a Design Justice advocate, Jessica started her design career working with nonprofits and community groups to create compelling explainers that break down complex service and policy information.
Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville (UofL) with degrees in Drawing (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Pan African Studies (BA), and a minor in Communication. As a former Neurodevelopmental Science research analyst at UofL, in 2015 Jessica created a business that combines grassroots organizing, research, and information graphics. She named this business GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio. GRIDS solely works with nonprofits and community groups. To learn more about GRIDS please visit the website: www.gridsconnect.me.
In 2017, she created a hands-on workshop called Infographics for Social Change: A Graphic Ally Hackathon. Since then, she has given Graphic Ally Hackathons at several conferences and at three major universities (Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, and Yale). The hackathon focuses on teaching creatives how to make information graphics in partnership with nonprofits. Jessica also has a Youtube social journalism series called Designing From The Margins. She is also the creator of the Infographic Wheel. The Infographic Wheel is a handheld design tool that helps creatives select a visual layout for any dataset.
Currently, Jessica is expanding her design agency, GRIDS. GRIDS will not only continue to serve the nonprofit sector, but it will also provide regular courses that teach infographic design, data equity, and so much more. Here is a link to the current course list.
Project 1324 (Facebook mobile experience)