Jen Pennington

Founder & Creative Director

 Favorite book: The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
 Favorite decadent food: Cheese. Any kind of cheese.
 Little known fact about my childhood: I sold organic vegetables in a wheelbarrow door-to-door in Northport, Long Island from my Dad’s garden. 
 Collaborator Since: Day 1 – 1997

As owner and creative director of The Rhizome Collaborative, Jen brings a unique perspective to the marketing arena as a designer with over 25 years of experience designing logos, print, signage and websites. Her work seamlessly integrates brand elements with photography, video and motion graphics, reflecting her conviction that design and communications are an art form as well as a business process.

Jen is also a certified user experience (UX) designer and well versed in Information Architecture.  Over the years she has worked with a number of non-profits, including land trusts, environmental organizations, firefighters, and arts programs. She’s also designed websites for government, public libraries and other civic organizations.

Other work from her eclectic past includes work for Columbia TriStar, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and The Metropolitan Opera House in NYC.

Originally from New York, Jen earned her BFA with Honors in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She and her husband Bob have built their house and studio themselves on 7.5 acres of certified forest stewardship land on lovely Whidbey Island. She’s also really good at operating a front-end loader and excavator, should the need arise.

Software & Applications:
MS Office 360, Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Audition, Premiere, After Effects), Airtable, Figma, Miro, Canva

Web Platforms & Frameworks:
WordPress, Drupal 8-9 

Specialties: Web UX/UI, information architecture, wireframes, design, facilitation infographics, timelines, motion graphics, interactive content creation, map design, video, brand/style guides

Honors and Awards
Over 24 design awards and commendations.

Certification: OWMBE, UX Design-School of Visual Concepts