Jay joined The Partners in 2013, having first discovered the agency when reading the original A Smile in the Mind as a student at Derby University. In true serendipity, Jay was instrumental in revising and updating the second edition of the book, published by Phaidon in March 2016. Hours of hard work paid off when the new A Smile in the Mind reached bestseller status on Amazon, proving that the latest edition is as inspiring as Jay found the first.
Jay brings a passion for ideas, typography, copywriting skills and the role of intelligent humour to a range of projects, working for clients that include Shakespeare’s Globe, Arte TV, Consortium for Street Children, Clifford Chance, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and Rambler’s Worldwide Holidays. Highlights of his time at The Partners have included CYB tartan being added to the official register of tartans, meeting Paul Smith and holding a workshop in India for Kyoorius Designyatra Melt.
Jay has a keen interest in nurturing young design talent and gets involved with D&AD whenever possible. He’s provided mentoring and conducted portfolio surgeries for the New Blood Academy and led workshops for D&AD Festivals.
Jay’s newly-discovered wanderlust means he tries to visit far-flung corners of the world. In what was, perhaps, his most unusual trip to date, he recently visited Pripyat, Ukraine, the location of the notorious Chernobyl nuclear disaster, where he was able to satisfy his fascination with deserted urban spaces and take a series of haunting photographs. When not putting us all in danger of radiation poisoning, he also indulges his passions for comedy, music (but never comedy musicians!), playing guitar, history and Siamese cats. Yep, we’re not sure about that last one either.