515.401.7828 — jjskelton1@dmacc.edu
15206 Dickens Street, Unit 6
Los Angeles, CA 91403


An extra-gifted professional creative.
Master of the Adobe Creative Suite and HTML & CSS with a professional-yet-friendly aesthetic. My true strength lies in synthesizing non-visual information to create beautiful visual marks and meaningful messages.

Industry Experience

GRD Adjunct Instructor

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, IA ▲ June 2016-Dec. 2021

  • Provide engaging instruction based on course competencies and objectives for a wide variety of both GRD and Animation classes, maximum 2-3 per semester, including: Photoshop, InDesign 1 + 2, Interactive Media 1 + 2, Communication Design, and Digital Asset Production
  • Review previous course material and revise to meet current industry standards using a variety of activities and projects to effectively convey cutting-edge concepts and competitive techniques 
  • Monitor and evaluate students, their attendence, and academic progress
  • Prepare materials for each class: accurate daily class schedule, project list, course syllabus, in-class activities, live demonstrations, handouts, and project rubrics 
  • Assist to recruit prospective students by discussing my education and career at DMACC during Summer Info Sessions with new applicants
  • Attend ongoing Graphic Design Advisory Board meetings to be an influential, proactive, reliable member of the department
  • Extend my assistance in fulfilling whatever the deparment is lacking, from covering multiple teachers’ classes during Skills USA to developing assessment projects
  • Be available and willing to help students navigate coursework and personal hardships outside of class 

Lead Designer + Co-Owner

House of Leopold, LLC
houseofleopold.com ▲ January 2016-current

  • Co-owner of a successful, well-known Midwestern graphic design agency specializing in logo and branding systems, social media identities and marketing, and event production
  • Solely responsible for creation of all web + print design projects, including social media images, websites, responsive web graphics, and all content creation
  • Develop striking, modern logo systems and extensive brand identities that embody and represent unique entrepreneurs and small businesses in a professional way
  • Assist individuals in establishing a digital persona, developing a realistic social media strategy, and measuring success influenced by their online presence
  • Balance and prioritize overlapping timelines and deadlines of multiple projects
  • Empower and influence a collective of talented local artists and musicians through collaboration, pro-bono support, and mentorship

K-12 Textbook + Educational Resource Designer 

Perfection Learning Corporation
Clive, IA ▲ July 2014-Feb. 2016

  •  Create and adjust a wide variety of book and cover layouts for digital use and print in popular, nationally-used textbooks
  • Create extremely detailed and historically important maps and illustrations of complicated educational, historical, and political concepts
  • Designed and published my own series of 24 K-2 Reading Essentials books
  • Developed a workflow and publishing process for tagged and Accessible PDFs
  • Part of a specialized 2-person team entrusted with researching and developing the costly process of converting our vast library of printed titles to E-books 
  • Acquired the capability to design for targeted age groups and demographics

Digital Media + Flash Designer

Gannett Media Corporation
National from Des Moines, IA ▲ 2011-2012

  • Design and execute 30 second .SWF/.FL4 Flash ads using (vintage) Flash CS4 & Actionscript 2.0
  • Design comprehensive advertisment campaigns for a wide range of companies
  • Retouch and compress client-supplied .JPGs
  • Recreate low-quality logos and flattened graphics
  • 1.7 ads/hour creation rate, work well under pressure & deadlines
  • Often requested by name and received many Kudos awards for client satisfaction

Licensed Tattoo Artist

Jaded Angel Tattoo + Piercing
Ames, IA ▲ January-December 2010

  • Question and comprehend a client in a short amount of time
  • Ability to illustrate almost anything on command
  • Specialized in script, art nouveau and old school styles
  • Relate to and appease stressed or emotional clients
  • Schedule according to hourly, daily and weekly deadlines
  • Establish and upkeep professional rapport with a wide demographic of clientele


  • Master user of Adobe Creative Suite; capable of providing expert in-class demonstrations using Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • 18+ years of writing HTML + CSS, creating intuitive web and UI designs, and self-developed social media processes enable me to form and explain complex concepts from a variety of vantage points
  • As a benefit of coding for web and accessible eBooks, I have a knack for developing a visual content hierarchy and organizing content in a logical sequence; both are useful skills to have when creating new cirriculums and their assets
  • Ability to create engaging projects and exercises that more effectively develop skills defined in course competencies 
  • Being organized, punctual, and prepared every day allows me to be fully focused and available to students 
  • Two years’ experience laying out textbooks and K-12 educational materials gives me a unique upper hand when it comes to creating teaching materials


Ballard Community Jr./Sr. High School

with Honors • 2003-2007 • Huxley, Iowa

Des Moines Area Community College

Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) in Graphic Design
Fall 2010-Summer 2012 • Ankeny, Iowa
3.86 GPA • President's List • Skills USA


Chris Sinclair, former boss

Animation Department Head, DMACC Urban Campus
515.633.2410 • clsinclair2@dmacc.edu
View my recommendation letter from Chris

Robert Foss, college mentor

Former DMACC GRD Adjunct Instructor
515.480.3064 • robertlfoss@gmail.com

Jeremy Franklin, happy client

Owner of Lost Horizon Productions (+ Funktion Ones)
515.974.7225 • jeremyscottfranklin@gmail.com

Looking for client testimonials or student evaluations? Those are here.


When my art started to go online, I was prompted to put a lot of thought into why people responded positively to my work, and how to consistently and reliably create work that maximize reactions from both clients and target audiences. Through observation, testing, and research, I've assessed that when a person "likes" something, their main motivation is to express that it is, or they would like it to be, representative of themselves. They are someone who likes things like this.

And thus — a functional design inspires the audience to acquire the product, and a successful design is one that makes the audience or client feel good about themselves. Since the conception of this idea, it’s grown to include the theory that good people create "feel-good" art.

They want proof that this is
really really going to work. The problem is: there isn't 
proof. It's really, how do people see and perceive and accept things?