After growing up creating stories both written and filmed, 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 two broadcast spots and self-produced videos are examples of my proficiency in every aspect of media production, from directing to cinematography to standing around and being patient. There's always a lot of standing around and needing to be patient.
For more personal videos, plus a chance to see me needlessly harass a poor taxi driving game show host, check out my Vimeo page:
Jesse Alkire @ Vimeo
Longer than I've been working professionally as an art director, I've been a creative writer. I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to study film, where my focus was primarily on writing and directing, while also beginning my comedy education with the Second City theatre. I was soon urged to move to Chicago so I could continue studying and performing with the Second City and other theatres, and after moving I also enrolled at Columbia College of Chicago to study television where my focus was again writing.
When I transitioned from comedy to working full-time in advertising, my humor continued to show through in the ideas I was presenting. As my employers saw this, they began to give me assignments beyond the scope of a traditional art director, realizing my extensive comedy writing experience and natural ability to tell a story cinematically could easily lend itself to creating everything from broadcast television spots to thoughtful and engaging print campaigns.
I am still writing comedy, albeit on a freelance basis, having most recently completed a contributor trial with a prominent news satire publication.
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.
I take pictures with my phone because it's the future.
Consider following me on Instagram.
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.
Design concepts for professional sports teams, because apparently I've got a lot of spare time.
Logos and custom type design for everything from Sharpie to whatever the hell a Terrapin 5k is.
Advertisements you have to get up off the couch to see. You know, the ones people don't see anymore.
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.
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!"