Design is my passion

My name is Jessica Young. I'm a freelance graphic designer located in Traverse City, Michigan. I love what I do and it shows! I used to work on high-end national campaigns, and now I put that same polish on small businesses, too. There isn't a design job I haven't done, but I'm especially proud when I can help a non-profit or small local business convey their message beautifully. Learn more.

What does JY mean, anyway?

“JY” stands for more than my name. Backed by 20+ years experience, and a genuine passion for design, I provide a product that is just yours. Let me help you express the unique personality of what you offer to the right customers. Cookie-cutter design is out of the question.

From city to island to peninsula

The bulk of what is shown in my portfolio was done in Hawaii, but I began my graphic design career in the early 90's in Detroit, Michigan. From a busy, quality print shop to a large publishing company, I was promoted to Senior Art Director. I transitioned to national brand art direction working on the Daimler-Chrysler account at a large agency. A break from work came with my relocation to Hawaii’s Big Island in 2003, where I began a family and spread new roots.

At the island newspaper offices, I used my skills to create editorial and ad design for six years. This was followed by three years of freelance work, and another three at a non-profit independent school.

Across the ocean and continent, Traverse City, Michigan is where my journey brought me next. From here, I am able to work with clients in any location. Throughout my career I've taken on a variety of freelance jobs, designing everything from business cards to billboards. My goal has always been to provide meticulous, efficient work. I look forward to many more years of helping clients shine!


I was voted Best Graphic Designer 5 years in a row in the North Hawaii News Best of Write-in Readers' Poll! Here’s why:

“A highly skilled, talented graphic designer with ad agency experience and excellent business acumen.“

– Liam Kernell,
The Kohala Center

“Her attention to detail and openness to our ideas are key in producing a finished product that we can both be proud of.“

– Michael Oh,
The Shops at Mauna Lani

“Jessica's ability to listen and bring her creative vision captured my thoughts perfectly.“

– Kathy Keller, Owner,
Hula Moon Boutique

“I couldn't be happier with what she is able to accomplish.“

– KC Stallsmith, Owner, CrossFit AllStar