JA design

clearing the clutter for creative

jay archambeau  :  senior ui / ux designer . art director . email marketer . creative problem solver




1996 – present


agile environment
2012 – present


2012 – present


art direction
2005 – 2010, 2012


2009 – 2010


2012 – present


2008 – present


2002 – 2010


css 3
2010 – present


1999 – 2012


2012 – present


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2012 – present


google analytics
2009 – present


google drive
2011 – present


html 5
2010 – present


1993 – present


2005 – present


2002 – 2005


java script
1996 – present


jet strap
2012 – present


2009 – 2011


2011 – present


2011 – present


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2006 – 2010


mac os / ios
1992 – present


microsoft windows
1991 – present


2011 – 2012


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open office
2009 – present


2011 – present


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2011 – present


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version 1
2012 – present


1991 – present


4/c process
1993 – present


php code
2005 – present



a lot of questions are asked at the initial stages of planning so that a full understanding is accomplished from both a customer, as well as user of the proposed design product. i am very communicative, so asking the questions and coming up with use case scenarios is never a road block.

best practices

i take the time to learn about the product and services for which i design, in order to ensure a well-rounded design approach and final build.

personal commitment, design passion, attention to detail, scenario (a/b) testing, user personas, a helpful and professional demeanor are all descriptors that come to mind when i think about what i focus on when i work on projects and with customers.

learning and knowledge sharing

i also take the time to show customers how the proposed design solution is intended to function, and i've been known to offer hands-on training for dynamic content implementation so site updates may be made quickly and easily in the future, without much technical hoops.


css and responsive web sites are the rage of the current time. responsive sites allow mobile devices and tablets to render web sites, along with desktop experiences through media query technologies. seo strategies are considered and employed in each design.

Take a look at the code for the index page of this site, for example : html code opens in new window  |  css code opens in new window

following implementation, each design is tested thoroughly for accessibility and function with different browsers and operating platforms. the world wide web consortium (W3C) is used to validate both the html and css.


professional recognition

  • consultative design work with paul holtz, of class on demand and studio backlot opens in new window
  • follett universal search project, 2013 – 14
  • myfollett single sign-on project, 2013
  • follett shelf project launch, ahead of schedule; under budget, 2012
  • orbitz.com rebranded site support, 2012
  • discover card / amazon.com partnership marketing, 2012
  • small business saturday, american express, 2011
  • accounting today : intelliconnect product of the year, cch, 2009
  • accounting today : prosystem fx engagement next generation software, 2008, 2009
  • cch user conference point team, 2007
  • cch lean six sigma training, 2007
  • maximum impact's the influence index, 2007
  • cch customer intimacy training, 2007
  • cch management development program, 2006
  • coremetrics interface training, 2006
  • cch conflict management training, 2005
  • company-wide recognition for redesign of cchgroup.com, 2005
  • employee of the month, quill corporation, 2004
  • shopping success in e-commerce: iphrase award, 2003
  • i-merchant of the year, catalog age magazine, 2003
  • business weekly, web site award, 2003
  • improving camp performance award : mypoints.com, 1999
  • compassion award : mypoints.com, 1999
  • telly award recipient for pharmanutrients’ tonalin sales video, 1997
  • american center for design, chicago member, 1992 – 2002
  • american institute for graphic arts, chicago member, 1995 – present

personal recognition

  • light of the world award for ministry, joliet diocese, 2014
  • quoted in the northwest herald for ebook experience opens in new window, 2013
  • governor hometown award for gilberts, illinois, 2005
  • earth day community clean-up recognition, 2005 – 2006
  • registered trademark holder for design of lifetapestry logo, 2005
  • webmaster for wyndhamclub.com opens in new window, 2003 – 2005
  • wyndham club condominium association, board member, 2003 – 2005
  • young adult co-coordinator and mentor, 1995 – present
  • young adult program facilitator, 1995 – present
  • iowa state university art and design annual, 1995
  • iowa state university president residence show, 1995
  • first place photography competition, naperville park district, 1993
  • design winner of earth day logo, naperville, illinois, 1991
  • national finalist, time magazine cover contest, 1991
  • published author, long meadow grove journal, 1991



ace hardware
anniversary brochure, environmental graphics, signage


american hotel register
homepage redesign


brian izard
web site html and css coding  |  view site opens in new window


citi cards
microsite redesign


cupboards chicago ltd
web site redesign


discover card
web landing page design, web banner design, email marketing design


marketing design, consultation, logo design, web graphic asset design


follett school solutions group
html and css coding for various software products, mobile e-reader design, visual asset design, iconography, usability, ui/ux support


franklin mint
web landing pages


gullo international
corporate identity, capabilities brochure, copywriting, photo art direction


howard sportswear
web site design, copywriting, advertising, marketing collateral


inland real estate
home page redesign


lillian vernon
web landing pages


home page redesign


new york and company
web landing pages, web microsite


orbitz worldwide
ui/ux design support, marketing design, home page redesign


our sunday visitor
marketing design, brochure design, trade show material design, environmental graphic design


web banner ads, html email, web landing pages


richard martin design
web site design and consultation


rockwell automation
user conference signage, marketing collateral, brochures


saint mary church
program directory, advertising, brochure design


sears holdings
label design for easy living paint line


senior smile care
web site design, web marketing consulting, photo art manipulation, html, css, php and java script coding


simple balance health center
web site redesign


sherwin williams
label design for dutch boy paint line


usa today
email marketing design


visa card
web landing pages



iowa state university opens in new window
bachelor of art : graphic design
minor : english
graduated with honors


college of dupage opens in new window
college electives
continuing education


harper college opens in new window
continuing education


great quotes folks have offered about me and my level of work. my sincere gratitude for your words and support; thank you very much.


jay has phenomenal design talent. his work was always first rate and very well received.

dan youse – vice president operations  |  cch teammate opens in new window  |  february 15, 2011


jay is a creative designer who was a pleasure to work with. he interacted well with all the various stakeholders of a project and gathered / incorporated feedback in his designs as appropriate. jay is a dedicated employee, a true professional, and would be a great addition to any company.

susan nolan – director of marketing communications  |  cch opens in new window  |  november 3, 2010


i brought jay on to the internet team as design manager, and was instantly grateful for his experience, talent and enthusiasm, which was exactly what we needed to take our web and email communications to the next level. jay is a seasoned pro who knows how to lead a project successfully through to completion. he communicates thoroughly and in a timely manner, both internally and to customers, and is an overall pleasure to work with. i highly recommend him.

craig koller – senior manager, creative services  |  cch opens in new window  |  november 14, 2010


i had a chance to work with jay on a key feature, and found him to be a great asset in getting to a creative and innovative solution. he was always well prepared, and could thoroughly describe his approach to a problem as well as the solutions that could work best to meet the business need. solution delivery is an iterative and collaborative process, and having someone with jay's expertise carried huge value as we narrowed in on the right approach. it was a pleasure working with jay throughout the process.

joe zizzo – product manager  |  orbitz worldwide opens in new window  |  june 25, 2012


jay archambeau is a design wiz of the highest degree and was my go-to creative resource for a number of critical and time-sensitive projects. i was especially impressed with the ease in which he took abstract concepts with minimal direction and translated those into compelling and appealing visuals. his ability to focus both elegant and practical design elements together is just one of his many strengths. any organization looking to take its creative capabilities to the next level should look no further than jay.

brian schwartz – internal communications manager  |  cch opens in new window  |  october 14, 2010


jay was a pleasure to work with at cch. he has an outstanding work ethic and is continually dedicated to delivering high-quality designs. jay was committed to serving the needs of his customers and could always be counted on to deliver on time; regardless of the fire drills coming at him throughout the day. jay's talent and dedication would make him a valuable asset in any organization.

sarah helvie – channel manager  |  cch opens in new window  |  november 3, 2010


first and foremost, when working with jay, your day automatically changes when you speak with this genuine and joyful professional. jay's expertise in the creative space has enabled me to expand my knowledge in the web development world. all in all – jay is GREAT person first, then: an industry leading professional!

robby schoenhoft – manager of talent acquisition & retention  |  analysts in motion opens in new window  |  april 1, 2011


jay is one of the most effective, most pleasant colleagues that I have worked with. he is highly regarded as an outstanding and creative digital media professional, and good guy. he was instrumental in driving the creative direction of tonalin, fat binder and absorbitol nutraceutical product lines. there is nobody I know who doesn’t like and respect Jay.

terrence quandt – national account executive  |  pharmanutrients opens in new window  |  october 24, 2010


i worked with jay at mypoints.com. he was a huge help as a designer and friend in a busy environment. i always counted on him to get projects done on time and with style. i highly recommend Jay and would hire him again if the situation presented itself.

thomas moraitis – director of creative services  |  mypoints.com opens in new window  |  november 10, 2010


jay was one of the top interactive designers at quill, with good reason. he consistently cranked out web designs that exceeded our sales goals, taking the marketing department’s ever-changing direction in stride. one of the best in the biz!

john gagliardi – manager, channel marketing systems  |  quill corporation opens in new window  |  december 14, 2010


jay was great to work alongside, and learn from. he is a very organized individual which helped him streamline his work process. i have learned from his example and have done the same thing. he has a good eye for detail, and developing standards that enforce the company branding. he is easy to get along with, and was a pleasure to work with.

ben wilson – interactive designer  |  quill corporation opens in new window  |  december 22, 2010


jay is a always a pleasure to work with. he was on the same team, and was always very reliable and helpful in all of our projects. he is always positive and inspires me to work harder and improve more everyday.

reynaldo tolentino iii – web and graphic designer  |  visufish opens in new window  |  december 22, 2010


design style

my personal design style and taste usually favors the "less is more" approach, as originally described by mies van der rohe, a renown architect and furniture designer. he was known especially for his no-nonsense approach to design challenges and his work reflects clean line, simple form and shape and color without ornament.

i tend to design in a similar fashion; relying heavily on the swiss style, paying close attention to the careful and purposed use of negative space, also known as white space.

i generally employ elegant typography and am mindful of how type is visual, and therefore, image. this is especially true when type is shown in visual relation to accompanying imagery, photography, or other design elements.

creative process

as far as design development is concerned, i am a follower of the traditional approach and prefer to perform quick sketches (and plenty of them) prior to using the computer. I also believe it imperative to meet face to face with clients to review the design requirements ahead of time and to gain a solid business understanding of not only the project, but the context in which the design solution is intended to serve. careful attention is also given to the intended audience, or end user of the design solution, whether it be a web site, corporate identity, brochure, or other form of media.

lastly, i prefer to come up with usually 3 solid styled proposed solutions for the client. after the iterations are reviewed and approved, and/or revisions suggested, is when the final comp will be created. the final design is then presented one last time for final approval or final revisions before it is ultimately produced.

inner workings (how my boat floats)

i pride myself on having just the right amount of ego to be and remain passionate about design and people, while not being egocentrically concerned in the least. in fact, many times, i am known to put others first and disregarding all personal agendas. i find this characteristic to be unique, refreshing and well outside the norm.

after the site is successfully tested and launched, or the design is routed to the service bureau for printing and fulfillment, do you know what time it is? yep, you betcha: it's 5pm somewhere.



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who is this guy named jay? jay archambeau

with over 16 years experience and a fine portfolio to boot, jay is dedicated designer who is focused on professional relationships. he is a positive-minded teammate and a seasoned web usability professional, eager to connect with you.

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