Jessica Tate
art director, ux/ui designer, educator, and speaker


Jessica is an art direction, ux/ui designer, educator, and speaker based in Portland, Oregon


About Me

I craft beautiful digital experiences that tell a story and inspire users to connect and take action. I am passionate about ux/ui design, branding, education, typography, and art history.

As an Art Director, I collaborate with each client to create sophisticated design systems that amplify their brand and expand their impact. At ThinkShout I co-lead the creative department, in addition to leading user experience and creative design for national organizations including Travel Oregon, the Humane Society of the United States, and Facing History and Ourselves. Before joining ThinkShout I worked as a digital designer for Rally and a designer for Switchyard, creating digital experiences, brand identities, and logotypes for Portland-based clients including Travel Portland, Voicebox Karaoke, and Portland Opera. I have also worked as a freelance brand and digital designer since 2008.

I love teaching, whether it’s as a faculty instructor at the Art Institute of Portland, a manager of ThinkShout design interns, or a speaker at conferences. I’ve traveled the country to share my ideas at events including Nonprofit Technology Conference 2018, Design Week Portland 2017 & 2018, Bay Area Drupal Camp 2016, and the Affect Conference. I am also fascinated by typography, lettering, calligraphy, and art history, and my work has been published in Steven Heller’s book “Typographic Universe.”

When I am not designing, I spend time with my wonderful husband, nerd out about Harry Potter fan theories, and serve as the fearless Dungeon Master for an all-ladies Dungeons and Dragons group.

To get in touch with me, please email me at





Over the past five years, I’ve spoken at conferences around the country and local Portland Meetups.

2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference
2018 Design Week Portland
2017 Bay Area Drupal Camp
2017 Design Week Portland
2017 Frontend Portland Meetup
2016 Affect Conference
2016 Portland Drupal Meetup


2019 DrupalCon Seattle, Washington



The Humane Society Of The United States
Travel Oregon
Travel Portland
Facing History And Ourselves
Voicebox Karaoke
Portland Opera
National Center For Youth Law
Campaign Legal Center
Cupcake Jones
The Salmon Project