UX nerd, product designer, information architect. Tango DJ, too.
Architecture, design, front-end code, interfaces, research, taxonomies, testing, typography, tango.
Because even geeks need to dance.
Hi. I'm Jessica Schilling.
Based in Boston, I'm a versatile product designer, information architect and content strategist with proven skills in UX design and research, integrated content for specialist audiences, web/print design and development, business/product analysis, project management, and more.
In other words, I'm captivated by how people use stuff and how I can make that stuff simple, intuitive and elegant.
Clients & CV
Here's what I've done so far.
With more than 15 years of professional experience and a work history that's taken me across the globe, I'm able to demonstrate relevant, end-to-end expertise that exhibits both breadth and depth — in short, I'm a "T-shaped professional" who can thrive in any environment and deliver business value to your next project.
Educational background? Two honors degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder, backed by a decade and a half of real-world knowledge.
Solaria Labs at Liberty Mutual | Product Design Lead
Fidelity Investments | Information Architect & Design Lead
Harvard University Information Technology | UX & Communications
University of Colorado Boulder | UX, Design & Communications
Lawrence (KS) Journal-World | Social Media & Online Integration
PlattForm Advertising | Web Designer
GoDaddy.com | Designer & UX Specialist
Inspiration Matters/Inspired Signage | Brand Lead & UX Strategist
Criterion Publishing Ltd | Product Owner/Editor
World Media Publishing Ltd | Managing/Production Editor
So ... want to see some things that I've made?
Here are a few snapshots of items that I've particularly enjoyed creating. Want to see something more specific? Email me.
And of course, we all do things outside the office.
I Play Music For Tango Dancers.
Need music for your milonga, festival or other special event? I'd love to help.
LA Tango Marathon 2017-18
Tucson Tango Festival 2019
San Diego Tango Festival 2016
Stowe Tango Music Festival 2016-18
Albuquerque Tango Festival 2015-18
Denver Tango Festival 2013-16
Burning Tango 2013-14 & 17-19
Tango in Thomaston 2014-16
Two Moon Tango Encuentro 2017-18
Salida Casa Tango Encuentro 2014 & 17
Port Townsend Encuentro 2015
Tango Social Club Montréal 2017
Why Argentine tango?
As a tango dancer, one of my favorite aspects of our craft is the music. While tango tunes are an immediately recognizable vernacular to just about anyone, there's also enough waiting under the surface to keep a pair of ears (not to mention feet) busy for years. After spending most of my life deeply involved with music — as a college music major, a radio DJ, a classical and pop journalist, and a program annotator for the Hollywood Bowl, among other fun things — learning to choose music to keep a milonga flowing seemed like a natural extension of learning to dance tango.
Since 2010, I've had the privilege to DJ at a wide variety of festivals, marathons, encuentros and milongas across North America (see a map!), including strictly-traditional events, alternative-only nights, and everything in between. I'm always looking for opportunities to get people out on the floor, so please drop me a line if I can be of service at your event!
Ever wracked your brain struggling to remember the name of a song in a favorite tanda? Whether you're hosting an informal práctica or an elegant evening milonga, it always does your dancers a service if they know what's playing. I've written an app called Mirada that displays now-playing and next-tanda info for your dancers on an external monitor or projection screen, and it comes with me whenever I DJ.
I've had the wonderful opportunity over the last few years to co-host the occasional tango-themed edition of Musica Mundi and ¡Corriente! for KGNU-FM in Boulder, CO. You can check them out in the KGNU archives — listen to broadcasts from July 2017 (full two-hour broadcast), July 2016 (tango in the second hour), January 2013 (both hours), May 2013 (second hour) and December 2013 (second hour).