After growing up creating stories on the page and on video, I attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas to study film, and later transferred to Columbia College of Chicago where I studied television.
The following broadcast spots and self-produced videos are examples of my proficiency in every aspect of media production -- from writing and directing to producing and filming to standing around and being patient. There's always a lot of standing around and needing to be patient.
For more videos, including my embarrassing appearance on Discovery Channel's 'Cash Cab Chicago', check out my Vimeo page:
Jesse Alkire @ Vimeo
To what do I attribute my viral success? I'm quick. I'm nimble. And I never, ever wash my hands.
I take photographs with my telephone because it's the future.
In June 2015, the first photo you see to your right took first prize at the 8th Annual IPPAwards in the News/Events category.
I'm pretty good at the internet and social media, even though I'm not very social in real life... which probably explains why I'm so good at the internet.
Advertisements that were not run on the internet, but in some sort of magazine. They were printed on paper and people would buy them once a month. I don't understand it, but maybe you will.
Logos and custom type design for everything from Sharpie to whatever the hell a Terrapin 5k is.
I'm a Kansas City sports fan. Both our major sports teams are historically bad. But at least they both look good. As an art director, I'm okay with this.
An ongoing design study of what the wordmarks of various Major League Baseball teams might look like if they better reflected the organization's true identity.
Advertisements you have to get up off the couch to see. You know, the ones people don't see anymore.
I enjoy designing store display structures, but it can emotionally hard for me sometimes. Maybe that's because when I was six years old my uncle was crushed to death by a falling Planters Cheez Balls display.
Every time I design a new display structure, I think of my Uncle Tad in his last moments, climbing up the side of that Planters Cheez Balls display shouting, "Look at me, 'lil Jess -- I'm a regular Cheez Kong!"