Julian Jensen
 
 

Do better.
Make more.
Blow people's minds.

I have a foundation in the arts, experience in the advertising industry, and a masters degree in communication. I marketed goods to consumers for nearly a decade and became a UX designer to flip the table. Now I make products better by delighting users rather than persuading them.

 
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1. Started as an artist

 

My father handed me a film camera when I was 10 years old and the rest is history. I became engrossed in the art of black and white photography and hosted my own solo gallery show when I was just 13 years old. I took as many photography classes as I could and went to a high school with a strong visual arts program.

I shot portraits, weddings and fashion photography for over a decade during my young adult years. Before Facebook, I was a pro user of the photo sharing site, Flickr; publishing nearly 15,000 photos on the service before archiving my work.

Even before going to college, I thought I would become a photographer and designer—studying at two globally-acclaimed art colleges: RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) for Industrial Design and SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) for Photography. I hadn't even graduated high school yet.

But as I grew up and learned about the challenges of being a freelance photographer at such a young age, and move towards a career in something related but more lucrative. I went on to graduate from Boston University with a degree in Film & Television.

 
 
 
 
 

2. Worked in advertising

During my undergraduate career, I decided to feast my talents on graphic design and worked as a designer at multiple marketing agencies. I created hundreds of different online assets, just as Facebook Pages were being launched. I also created print graphics for large events, organizations, and concerts in the Boston area.

I lived in Sydney, Australia for nearly a year, working on marketing campaigns for food and beverage brands. And as I learned more about the inner workings of marketing and advertising, I became hooked on the power of well-designed and creative promotion of products. I moved to Los Angeles seeking work at a flashy ad agency, and I took my creative skills with me.

In Los Angeles, I became a video editor and worked my way up from editing TV Commercials to directing them. I worked with brands like Microsoft, AT&T, Whole Foods, and more. It was a thrilling time, but I wanted to work in an industry that was more altruistic. So after working in the industry for a handful of years, I attended the top school in the country for communication studies: The University of Southern California.

I graduated with a master's degree in Communication Management and worked briefly as a consultant for internal communication projects and published academic articles. But even with a graduate degree, I was missing the career fulfillment I once had with my past creative roles.

 
 
 
 

3. Pivoted into UX design

 

For a change of pace, I moved back to my hometown of San Francisco and looked for a new opportunity that would build on my past professional and creative experience. Design was a consistent theme throughout my career journey and I decided to double-down by doing a 12-week UX design bootcamp at General Assembly in SF. I worked on multiple design projects, tirelessly put in long hours, and honestly slept very little.

Something clicked during the bootcamp, because I cultivated a strong passion around all of my coursework during the bootcamp. Soonafter, I was hired as a Senior UX designer at Asurion. My visual design skills assisted me throughout my previous career in advertising and I now utilize it everyday in my UX work.

Graphic design was fun to craft when I was younger, but UX design is enthralling both in the challenges it presents and the altruism, empathy, and communication skills it asks of its designers. While I'm not behind a camera as much as I used to, I still continue to take photos and respect the visual arts background and career journey I've taken so far. 

And not only that, I've worked with some fantastic artists, designers, and friends along the way.

 
 
 
 
 

Featured recommendations

 
 
Without question, one of the most impressive and intelligent people I’ve ever worked with. Not just a doer but a thinker, and a highly sophisticated and seasoned one at that.
— David Yarus (Founder, JSwipe & mllnl)
 
He is at once reflective and engaging, all while bringing a design-thinking approach to working with people and teams.
— Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (2018 congressional candidate)
 
He’s fearless. No matter what we threw at him, he jumped in head first. He’s a rare talent with a severe entrepreneurial drive.
— Joshua Smutko (Creative Director, Omelet)
 
Give him an idea and he’ll run with it, brainstorm with him and he’ll help make an idea unforgettable.
— Anna Villano (Creative Director, IntentLA)
 
He dares to think (way) outside the box and celebrates others when they do the same.
— Liz Breen (Copywriter, Arnold Worldwide)
 
An innovator who approaches every situation with an open mind and total commitment.
— Alex Hood (Marketing Specialist, Scout Recruitment)
 
 
 
 

The usual suspects
Clients and pros I've worked with

 
 

Brands

Brands

AT&T

WIRED

Microsoft

Bon Appétit

Whole Foods

Bombay Sapphire

Walmart

Sony

GQ

Lenovo

Jewel Osco

Moet Chandon

Rockstar Energy

Microsoft Surface

Magner's Cider

Agencies & Networks

Treasure Hunter

Condé Nast

HBO

AJ+

Cinemax

Intent LA

Milk Studios

Foundation Content

Allston Pudding

BuzzUniversity

Maker Studios

Pink News

DIRECTV

ShopAU

Omelet

Non-Profit

SFO Museum

FEED Projects

Alzheimer's Association

Brooklyn Youth Sports Club

Schulich School of Medicine

Howard Thurman Center

LA Animal Control

Boston University

Scary Cow Films

Rotary

Chabad

Hillel

 

Food & Drink

E.P. & L.P.

Hub Bub Coffee

Parts & Labour

Copper Cane

Love & Salt

Design & Fashion

INDO Studio

Wittmore

FIGS

 
 

Designers

Anna Villano
Creative Director

Dassi Shusterman
UX Design Director

Philina Fan
Product Designer

Katie Hughes
UX Designer

James Kaguyutan
UX Designer

Jamie Chow
UX Designer

Andrew Ho
Product Researcher

David Kam
UX Designer

Sofia M. Khan
UX Design Manager

Iva Zic Kim
UX Designer

Anna Curtis
UX Designer

Elijah Martin
UX Designer

Yuri Kim
User Researcher

Anthony Filantres
UX Designer

Joshua Moon
UX Designer

Sabrina Yeung
UX Designer

Erin Lee
UX Designer

Nicole Cagampan
Product Designer

Nili Pinchasin
UX Designer

Linsey Burritt
Designer

Austin Yao
UX Designer

Jenn Chou
Visual Designer

Martin Vercellino
UI Designer/Developer

Nicky Wong
UX/UI Designer

Staci Mihara
UX Designer

Katey Jacobsen
UX Designer

Crystal Hodges
Designer

Topher Stern
UX Designer

Micka Touillaud
Interaction Designer

Christine Swenson
Sr. UX Designer

Lin Feng
UX Designer

Janani Umamaheswaran
UX Designer

Courtney Russell
Graphic Designer

Stefanie Sexton
Principle UX Designer

Joy Jung
Sr. UX Designer

 
 

Artists

Jake Frank
Director

Austin Ahlborg
Director of Photography

Chris Burkhard
Photographer

Robert Vargas
Artist

Erik Strand
Musician

Robert Love
Producer

Johnny Stewart
Producer

Cody Brotter
Actor

Ryan Wood
Director of Photography

Wake The Wild
Band

Spencer Pazer
Director

Christian Klein
Director of Photography

 

Zach Sorgen
Musician

Dylan Marko Bell
Director

Chase Jackson
Musician

Max Chanowitz
Musician

Liz Breen
Writer

Kia Orion
Musician

 

 

Joe Shahood
Editor

Travis McCoy
Photographer

Super Mash Bros
Band

The Jazztronauts
Band

Ari Chamasmany
Pro Skateboarder/DJ

Christine Adams
Director of Photography

Chloe Bensahel
Artist

Chris Omae
Audio Engineer

Edouard Négiar
Director

 
 

Public Figures

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Congressional Candidate

Sully Sullenberger
Pilot

Dr. Shawn Katuwapitiya
Doctor & Poet

Dr. Raul Fernandez
Professor, Boston Unversity

David Yarus
CEO, mllnl Agency & JSwipe

 

Kyle Dardashti
Co-Founder, mllnl Agency

Andrew Wheelan
Executive Coach & Speaker

 

 

Sharon Schneider
Founder, Moxie Jean

Heather Hasson
Founder, FIGS

Yaniv Aronson
Mayor of Conshohocken, PA

Harris Freiss
CEO, Brooklyn Youth Sports Club

 
 

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