Happening at Jell in 2011

Projecting a fresh image for The Screen Works

Ever wonder who makes those gigantic custom projection screens you see at big trade shows and corporate events? The ones that appear upwards of 100 feet wide, or gently curved, or cut in odd shapes? MORE >

Posted December 20, 2011

Commemorating a decade and looking to the future

Free Spirit Media just had a banner year. In fact, it was one hell of a decade, started ever so modestly in late 2000 with a small experiment in youth sports journalism (aka, HoopsHIGH) and capped with an amazing 10th Anniversary Gala at Café Brauer in June, attended by dignitaries such as Toni Preckwinkle and Jean-Claude Brizard. MORE >

Posted December 1, 2011

A new century for IWSE

Given who they actually are and what they actually do these days, their full name is a bit misleading — the “Infant Welfare Society of Evanston” — but the name is rooted in historical fact. MORE >

Posted October 10, 2011

Leveraging your Online Community via an iPhone App

We’ve worked with our good friends at Leverage Software on a number of projects over the years, most often helping them to promote their primary product, Leverage Community — a flexible and robust enterprise social network that can be deployed inside any organization seeking more effective internal collaboration. MORE >

Posted October 1, 2011

Meet an exciting new innovator in biopharmaceutical research

As with many cutting-edge biopharmas, the most exciting news at NeuroTherapeutics Pharma is the stuff one can’t talk about — yet. Suffice it to say that NTP has filled their development pipeline with new and proprietary compounds for disorders of the nervous system, including pain and epilepsy. MORE >

Posted September 16, 2011

Harris Theater, re-energized

Music and dance. Small, adventurous performing arts groups. Stunning acoustics in a small theater setting — not a bad seat in the house. Where in Chicago do you get it all? Only at (take a deep breath) the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park MORE >

Posted September 8, 2011

Strategex ramps up: business insights offered online and in-person

In the midst of this treacherous economic slump, in which most business owners count mere survival as a measure of success, the times may seem less than optimal for launching an aggressive marketing campaign for business management consulting. MORE >

Posted August 30, 2011

The rebranding of Wind Point Partners

If you’re of a certain age, you may recall the dramatic growth of private equity firms in the early 1980s. In Chicago — now second only to New York as a hub for PE activity — one of the first firms on the scene was Wind Point Partners. MORE >

Posted August 26, 2011

Now you can understand that apocalyptic oratorio — in the dark

The 2011 Season of the Grant Park Music Festival offered many exciting and adventurous selections. Conductor Carlos Kalmar is well known for his eclectic tastes and taking risks. But perhaps the most unusual performance of the year was The Book with Seven Seals, a 1937 composition by Franz Schmidt based on the Book of Revelations. MORE >

Posted August 14, 2011

If posters could talk…

…they’d tell you what an incredible group of kids we had the pleasure to meet last week. If you’d like to skip to the end of this story, watch the video and meet the kids yourself as they complete their summer course in messaging and communication. MORE >

Posted August 3, 2011

The shoemaker’s kids have new shoes

Long story short: Jell Creative launched its new website today. We sincerely wish we could turn out a new version every year or so, but we’re really in the business of marketing our clients more than ourselves. Consequently, a few years have elapsed since our last major revision. MORE >

Posted July 25, 2011

David Claus, v.2011

This is a story about rebranding — but first, a little back story. Just over five years ago, we had the pleasure of meeting David Claus, an award-winning copywriter. MORE >

Posted June 16, 2011

GPMF: our second (banner) year on Michigan Ave.

Our Grant Park Musical Festival street banners just went up on Michigan Avenue, right across from Millennium Park! We have two alternating designs this year — one that features the gorgeous Pritzker Pavilion, and another that shows four different slices of a single panoramic shot of the Grant Park Orchestra. MORE >

Posted June 7, 2011

Increased transparency at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Ever wonder how food actually gets to those in need? Get ready for some big numbers. Since its founding in 1978, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has helped feed the hungry and raise public awareness while creating and cultivating essential programs, services, and volunteer opportunities.  MORE >

Posted May 15, 2011

Free Spirit Media celebrates 10 years

When we started brainstorming about themes and design for Free Spirit Media‘s 10th Anniversary Gala materials, we quickly realized that there were many priorities to balance: Keep it simple and elegant. Make it festive and celebratory. Keep the focus on the youth. MORE >

Posted May 2, 2011

Considering jumping into social media?

Some of our clients are just beginning to warm up to social media. They often ask us whether they need to be in both Facebook and Twitter, and exactly what they should do there. Good questions! MORE >

Posted April 5, 2011

CCM entices new audiences with microsite and free tickets

No one has ever painted Ludwig van Beethoven as a great romantic. By all accounts, he was was a stubborn man who spurned companionship and often alienated female admirers. Still, we are transfixed by the warmth, romance, and energy of his music. MORE >

Posted January 25, 2011

Selling Blueprint Realty Partners: A virtual tour of luxury living in Indiana

Some Chicagoans thrive on the hustle and bustle of big city life, while others may crave a slower pace. For those of you who fall in the middle, who want both the convenience of the city and the charm of small town or suburban living, our clients at Blueprint Realty Partners may be able to help. MORE >

Posted January 16, 2011

Establishing credentials for an emerging investment powerhouse, Victory Park Capital

At Jell, we like to think of ourselves as creatives. When it comes to design or branding, we research and approach the problem, investigate the myriad ways to solve it, and then execute our plan. In fiscal matters, our clients at Victory Park Capital do the exact same. MORE >

Posted January 4, 2011