Information Designer, Design Researcher, Design Justice Advocate
Jessica Bellamy is an international speaker, Adobe Creative Residency alumna, and award-winning infographic designer. Founder of the social enterprise GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio, Jessica created the award-winning Infographic Wheel and the workshop series Infographics for Social Change: A Graphic Ally Hackathon.
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Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville (U of L) with degrees in Drawing (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Pan African Studies (BA), and a minor in Communication. As a former Neurodevelopmental Science research analyst at U of L and community organizer, in 2015 Jessica created a business that combines grassroots organizing, research, and information graphics. She named this business GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio.
In 2017, she was recruited by Adobe Systems to become an Adobe Creative Resident. The Adobe Creative Residency program is a year-long, competitive, international fellowship given to only about two creatives each year. Only nineteen people in the world have been Adobe Creative Residents.
During her residency, Jessica created many motion infographic works. She also created a hands-on workshop called Infographics for Social Change: A Graphic Ally Hackathon. Since then, she has given Graphic Ally Hackathons at conferences and at universities like Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, Yale, and ArtCenter College of Design. The hackathon focuses on teaching creatives how to make information graphics in partnership with nonprofits.
Jessica also has a YouTube social journalism series called Designing From The Margins, and is the creator of the award-winning Infographic Wheel. The Infographic Wheel is a handheld design tool that helps creatives select a visual layout for any dataset. In 2018, the Infographic Wheel was awarded a Kantar Information is Beautiful longlist award for Visualization and Information Design. That same year, Jessica also expanded her design agency, GRIDS, to include a teaching studio. Currently, GRIDS continues to serve the nonprofit sector, while providing courses that teach infographic design, data equity, and so much more.