jillian
mullin

Los Angeles based Art Director and Designer

Pre-pandemic me would have a sophisticated way of introducing myself, but the last two years have changed everything. Now, I’ll say this: I’m an Art Director. I was crazy enough to move to LA alone in May of 2020 when the city was closed, and I knew nobody here. I’m never bored, even when I eat the same breakfast every day of the week. The stereotypical healthy LA lifestyle has severely rubbed off on me, but I’m still a Midwesterner at heart. Like, I hike for fun and know Almond milk is better for me than Oat, but I still get Jeni’s once a week. Mostly, I believe creativity is the highest form of spirituality.

By day, I am Art Director at The Marketing Arm where I’ve been for the last 4.5 years. First in Dallas and now in LA. What? A millennial working somewhere 4.5 years? I’m a unicorn, I am aware. By night I am a freelancer designing websites, branding, packaging, logos, and art directing photoshoots for local entrepreneurs and artists. 

On my current team I strategize and create all things social media for a California-based supplement brand. I also do in-store campaigns for The UPS Store and most recently came up with the most creative ways to tell people to stand 6 feet apart. When the opportunity arises, I provide ideas and designs for nearly every new business pitch our agency touches. I am proud to call myself part of the team that made TMA the AOR for State Farm. Jake from State Farm can thank us for his fame.

Prior to moving to LA, I worked on the Frito Lay team at TMA. For 3 years I dug deep into the world of Cheetos, Lay’s, Doritos, and Tostitos and all things CPG. Advertising for global clients early in my career created my entire foundation and taught me valuable industry knowledge I still lean on every day. The first project I worked on was Cheetos Restaurant for 2017 NYC Restaurant Week and I’ve been chasing that high ever since. 

If you’ve gotten this far, I would love to meet over breakfast or a beer. Not at the same time, unless you’re into that. We can talk music or your latest discovery. You'll quickly learn that next flight to seeing the world is always booked. Wanna work together? DM me! I'd love to be your newest coworker or help bring your vision to life.

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University of Missouri

alcone / Los Angeles, CA

freelance / Los Angeles, CA

The marketing arm / Dallas, TX

MOJO AD / Columbia, MO

Bur oak brewing co / Columbia, MO

missouri school of journalism

Barkley

Bachelor of Journalism + business minor

Strategic Communication – Art Direction

art director

April 2020 – Present

art director + Designer

June 2017 – Present

art director

June 2019 – April 2020

junior art director

June 2017 – June 2019

art director

May 2016 – May 2017

Graphic Designer

Oct. 2015 – May 2017

Design teaching assistant

Aug. 2015 – May 2017

RESEARCH INTERN

June 2015 – Aug. 2015