Jen Polaski has more than 15 years of design experience, comprising branding and marketing large-scale real estate developments, interactive design for nonprofits, and exhibit and environmental design for arts and educational institutions. She holds a MFA degree in Visual Communication Design from the University of Washington and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Florida, and is a native of Pittsburgh PA. She says pop, not soda or coke. Jen enjoys teaching and occasionally leads courses in typography and color theory at the School of Visual Concepts. She also holds a second full-time job as mom of three, so her many and varied hobbies include making pillow forts, stepping on matchbox cars in bare feet and cutting the crust off.
Alchemy Real Estate
Design Manager, Starbucks Global Creative
- May 2012 - Present (1 year 7 months)
Creative design manager for Starbucks brand coffee, food and beverage packaging. Responsible for managing team of six graphic designers, guiding creative direction and professional development. Designers create packaging, display and collateral for a wide variety of products including whole bean coffee, Verismo, K-Cups, VIA, Frappuccino, Discoveries and Refreshers. These products appear in Starbucks cafés as well as grocery, convenience, mass and club retailers, worldwide.
Sr Designer, Starbucks Global Creative
- Starbucks Coffee Company
- May 2010 - May 2012 (2 years)
Lead designer for Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, responsible for brand direction, packaging and display solutions for retail, grocery and club environments worldwide. Advise on merchandise, advertising, promotions, partnerships and store experience related to VIA Ready Brew. Also engaged in design and illustration for various coffee packaging and Starbucks card initiatives.
Senior Graphic Designer
- RMB Vivid
- Aug 2005 - May 2010 (4 years 9 months)
Senior designer responsible for the design and implementation of complex design, marketing and communication systems. Develop branding for large-scale real estate developments including Vulcan Real Estate’s Enso and Terry Avenue and Schnitzer West’s The Bravern Signature Residences. Clients also include Twist Architecture and Design, Sangham Foundation, Swedish Medical Center and Milliken Developments. Direct initial planning and creative development, manage teams of designers, vendors and external creatives, maintain budgets and schedules, and supervise final production.
- School of Visual Concepts
- Apr 2002 - Dec 2008 (6 years 8 months)
Develop and lead 10 week courses in Color Theory, Typography and Design Principles.
- Image Ink Studio
- May 2000 - May 2003 (3 years)
Designer responsible for executing and managing print, interactive, signage and environmental solutions. Major projects include point-of-purchase campaigns for the launch of Nintendo GameCube and various Nintendo games, branding and advertising for Fisher Plaza, and brand evolution for the Microsoft Global Briefing and DevCon events. Other clients include Alstom, ArtsFund, and Pura Vida Coffee.
- Landesberg Design Associates
- Jun 1999 - Jun 2000 (1 year)
Designed print collateral, signage and websites for clients based in philanthropy, the arts, and education. Clients include Kenyon College, City Theatre, The Frick Art and Historical Center, and the Alcoa Foundation.
University of Washington
- MFA Visual Communication Design
- 2003 - 2005
Boyer and Elizabeth Bole Gonzales Scholarship, 2003 Teaching With Excellence Award, 2005
University of Florida
- BFA Graphic Design
- 1995 - 1999