Here at the Creative Good Auction, our designer spotlight is a semi-monthly feature we run to showcase certain individuals in the Boise, Idaho design community to educate the community about the skills and services they offer. Today, we would like to introduce Jeff Ross of the Creative Stuff of Jeff Ross who has done award-winning work for clients big and small throughout the U.S.
“I grew up on the planet Earth, in a little area called Idaho. I’ve been fortunate to work on projects for clients such as Disney, Random House, HP, VetIQ, and many others.”Jeff RossBoise Designer
Hi Jeff! Tell us a little bit about your background and what got you into design.
I guess the best way I can describe my path into being a graphic designer was my inherent desire to create and to leave something that people enjoy. I drew a lot at a young age, on whatever I could, including on the back of my homework. My imagination was fed by Saturday morning cartoons, superheroes, Ed Emberly, The Secret City, and Star Wars, and I set my sights early on being a cartoonist or animator.
However, (thanks to my oblivious nature), I didn’t really understand what graphic design was until college, where I first used the computer as a tool to create. I really enjoyed the medium and had a blast using the technology at the time, which was, like, Illustrator 3.0 and Photoshop 2.0! (Can you say, PageMaker?)
I still decided to pursue animation but discovered a few things about the industry that I wasn’t too crazy about, especially with a young family to take care of. So I pivoted to focus on graphic design back in 2002, finished my BFA in Graphic Design at BSU back in 2004, and have been working in the Treasure Valley ever since!
What you are currently doing or working on?
I’m currently working at Royal Jay, a software development company that specializes in healthcare applications. I handle the user interface design, but also do UX, marketing, and branding as needed.
In my spare time, I do animation, illustration, and design freelance work as time permits. I enjoy creating t-shirt designs on Cotton Bureau, and post silly drawings to my Instagram. I’m also working with a friend to design and develop our own web-based role-playing set of tools to help gamers play online.