Hi, I’m Jessi

I love color. No, seriously, I LOVE color. Especially rainbows. I scour flea markets and thrift shops of the world, giddily feeding my obsession. I work as a graphic designer alongside the coolest people on the planet. I have amazing friends and a ridiculously supportive family. My name is Jessi Arrington, and I’m a pretty lucky so and so.

A Brief History of Me

  • 1979: Born. My mom took disco dancing lessons when she was pregnant with me. That actually explains a lot.
  • 1980-90: I grew up in Starkville, Mississippi attending weekly dance classes and Girl Scout meetings. Reviewing home movies, it seems I was wearing a uniform or costume roughly 87% of the time.
  • 1991: At twelve, I decided to become a graphic designer, but only after ruling out country western singer, Solid Gold dancer and Muppet as viable career options.
  • 1996: At Savannah College of Art and Design, I took my first color theory class. It was love at first swatch.
  • 1998: Josh and I met in the art department at Mississippi State University. He was in the sculpture lab with me when I infamously lost two fingernails to a belt sander.
  • 2001: I moved to New York to start my career as a designer. I didn’t know a soul and used the AIGA to make friends. This is also when I discovered flea markets.
  • 2002: Creighton and I met because my boss was his teacher. Sparks flew, I asked him out, and the rest is history.
  • 2003: I spent an entire year researching and writing about pink.
  • 2005: Creighton, Josh and I founded our own company, WORKSHOP, on the fourth floor of Milton Glaser’s Midtown brownstone.
  • 2006: Creighton and I wed at a big party with football, cotton candy and matching cowboy boots.
  • 2010: We moved WORKSHOP into our current DUMBO location. Outstanding view + incredible studiomates = best decision ever. Oh yeah, there’s Beer Friday, too.
  • NOW: I love my clients. I love my colleagues. I love serving the AIGA/NY Board of Directors as Community Chair. I love my family. I love my friends. I love how I get to spend my time. LOVE.

The Story Behind “Lucky So and So”

Duke Ellington and Mack David wrote it. The likes of Ella and Louie sang it. I feel like I get to live it. Reciting this standard and realizing that every single line is true never fails to provide beautiful perspective.

As I walk down the street
seems everyone I meet
gives me a friendly hello
I guess I’m just a lucky so and so

The birds in every tree
are all so neighborly
They sing wherever I go
I guess I’m just a lucky so and so

If you should ask me the amount
in my bank account
I’d have to confess that I’m slippin’
but that don’t worry me, confidentially

I’ve got a dream that’s a pippin’
And when the day is through
each night I hurry to
a home where love waits, I know
I guess I’m just a lucky so and so