Argentine tango, bicycling, design, DJing, editing, ham radio, online identity, planetaria, social media, typography, usability, walking, writing, yoga, cats. Because who doesn't like cats?
Hi. I'm Jessica Schilling.
Based in Boston, MA, and Boulder, CO, I'm a seasoned designer, editor, writer and marketer with end-to-end production experience and a proven track record in a whole host of useful areas: human factors, specialist and technical writing, cross-media marketing campaigns, integrated web and print design, branding, email, social media, 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 a decade of professional experience and a work history that's taken me across the globe, I'm equipped and excited to take on your next project.
Any awards? The integrated print and social media contest campaign I managed for the Kansas City Zoo and the Lawrence Journal-World earned us First in Class (Social Media) from Suburban Newspapers of America in 2011.
Educational background? Bachelor's degrees in news-editorial journalism (valedictorian) and music (honors thesis) from the University of Colorado Boulder.
What about software proficiency? Lots of stuff, including Creative Suite, Drupal, WordPress, HTML, CSS, XML and the usual suspects like Microsoft Office.
University of Colorado Boulder | Communications Coordinator
Lawrence (KS) Journal-World | Social Media Specialist
PlattForm Advertising | Graphic Designer (Higher Education)
GoDaddy.com | Web/Print Marketing Designer
American Rental Association | Marketing Coordinator
Inspiration Matters/Inspired Signage | Creative Director
Criterion Publishing Ltd | Features Editor/Designer
World Media Publishing Ltd | Managing/Production Editor
The Albany (GA) Herald | Features Editor/Page Designer
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association | Assistant Editor
Fiske Planetarium | Publications Specialist
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 Glorieta at Denver Tango Festival (Memorial Day 2013) | Denver
Burning Tango 2013 & 2014 | McCloud, CA
Alt Tango Weekend 2014 | Portland
Locotango para Todos | Boulder, CO
Tango Democracy | Boston
CheesyTango Milonga | Denver
Tango Colorado Práctica | Denver
Meet on the Edge 2012 | Lincoln, NE
Spring Fling Tango Thing 2 | Kansas City
Tango at the Marquee | Kansas City
Dark Chocolate Milonga | Columbia, MO
Lawrence Tango Dancers | Lawrence, KS
Gatherings | Cedar Rapids, IA
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 others — learning to choose music to keep a milonga flowing seemed like a natural extension of learning to dance tango.
I was fortunate to hone my skills over nearly two years playing for the weekly Lawrence (KS) Tango Dancers práctica; in the years since then I've DJ'd at a variety of festivals and milongas across the U.S., 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 racked your brain struggling to remember the name of a song in a favorite tanda? My Cabeceo Visualizer script for tango DJs displays now-playing and next-tanda info for your dancers on an external monitor or projection screen. Currently in use by DJs in Berlin, Malta, Atlanta, Devon (UK) and Kansas City (in addition to at my own events), this app is yours for the asking if you use iTunes on Mac OS. (And if anyone is interested in helping turn Cabeceo into a full-fledged, multi-platform application, please be in touch!)
In 2013, I co-hosted three special tango-themed editions of Musica Mundi and Corriente! for KGNU-FM in Boulder, CO. Listen to the January show (full two-hour broadcast) or the May and December programs (tango in the second hour) in the KGNU archives.
Now, here's the important question: How can I help you?
I'd love to hear from you. Drop me a line and I'll get right back in touch.