Combining analog and digital methods, Jesse’s work explores societal norms, behavior, and tradition through systematic, process-driven thinking. As an independent creative, he partners with clients in film, music, art, and technology.
Over the last 5 years, Jesse has collaborated with film directors and producers on commercial projects under the name Treatments Are Forever. In 2010, he started building a visual research library called No One Really Knows What We Do, where he collects visual oddities and curiosities. As a drummer and musician, and passionate about discovering new music, he has curated extensive playlists since 2016.
Jesse received his BFA in Graphic Design with Honors from ArtCenter College of Design in 2011. He traveled to London in early 2011 to study design and interaction at Central Saint Martins in the Honours Program.
According to legend (his parents), Jesse was already two weeks late, and while rushing to the hospital early one April morning, they had no choice but to pull over to the shoulder of I-490 in Rochester, NY. It was here in the backseat of their light blue Ford station wagon, that baby Jesse decided he was ready to join the world.
Four years later, the Merrell family moved across the country to the Garlic Capital of the World — Gilroy, CA. In this everyday town Jesse was raised on regularly home-cooked meals, tackle football, model rockets, large rolls of tape, BMX bikes, summer camp, and giant drumkits before he was old enough to kern type on his own.
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ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, California, 2011
BFA in Graphic Design with Honors
Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London
London, England, Spring 2011
Honours program for Design and Interaction