- Scranton, Pennsylvania
- ADC Ambassador
Jess Meoni is an American graphic artist and writer from Scranton, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Marywood University with concentrations in graphics, art history, and world history. With a distinct eye for blending the traditional and the contemporary, Jessica is the in-house designer for the university’s Marketing & Communications Department. She also works as a design instructor in the Department of Visual Arts, where she cultivates her students’ skills for visual communication and develops the transition of the brainstorm to the execution. In addition to her design career, she also freelances as a columnist for several local newspapers and blogs.
As an advocate for socially-charged design, Jessica devotes much of her life to researching the history and artistic impact of the underground press, as well as other acts of radicalism and revolution. Her influences, although broad, are underscored by the nostalgia of all things rebellious and embellished – eccentric rock n’ roll album art, kitschy twentieth-century hand-painted store signage, vintage novelty toys and trinkets, horror comics, and classic film title sequences.
Her curiosities for cross-disciplinary media encourage a hybrid of creations in her personal work. By blending together the methods of illustration, papermaking, letterpress printmaking, hand-painted lettering, poetry, Polaroid and traditional darkroom photography, Jessica’s style of layers building upon layers creates a boundless immersion to her work, allowing the viewer to dig deeper into the story behind the design. This vibrant play on conventional mediums is accentuated in new ways, exploring stimulating overlays through decoupage, translucency, digital manipulation, and other applied methods.
In the past, Jessica’s promotional and leadership skills have spearheaded public events such as the local D.I.Y. publications fair known as the Scranton Zine Fest, the TEDxScranton, the Pages & Places Book Festival, and several First Friday Art Walks. Her involvement in diverse organizations such as the Art Directors Club, AIGA, the American Printing History Association, and the Society of Typographic Aficionados helped foster her creative awareness and perception.