Pressley Johnson Design is a nationally recognized design firm that specializes in visual communication and strategic brand consulting. We seek to understand, challenge and solve our client’s communications needs and exceed their expectations. With over 30 years of experience, we understand the business of design.


Wendy Pressley-Jacobs


Wendy formed Pressley Jacobs Design in 1985. She has over 45 years of experience in the design consulting industry, Wendy’s previous affiliations were with Goldsholl Design & Film as Vice President/Design; Burson-Marsteller as Vice President, Creative Group Director, Design Group; and Design Planning Group as a Designer and then Principal Design Manager. She was educated in graphic design and liberal arts at Indiana University, graduating with a BFA degree in graphic design. 

Wendy is a member of the AIGA. She received the prestigious AIGA Fellow award in 2015 in recognition of her significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the Chicago design community. For many years she has sat on the AIGA Chicago Chapter Advisory Board, and was the chapter’s first president. In 1983 Wendy was elected to the membership of “27 Chicago Designers.” In 1991, Women in Design/Chicago selected Wendy as “Woman of the Year.” In 1993 Wendy was selected “Alumni of the Year” by the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. And in 1996 Photo District News named Pressley Jacobs Design one of eight “Hot Design Firms” in the Chicago market. She has received individual design recognition from numerous design organizations, and has been tapped to judge design shows across the country, including the 2010 Communication Arts design competition.


William Lee Johnson


Bill has over 35 years of branding and marketing experience. More than enough to figure it out and not enough to sate curiosity. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bill’s talent and achievements as a designer over the last 35 years have been recognized by some of the profession’s most prestigious organizations and publications: Graphis, The Type Directors Club Annual, New York Art Directors Club, Black Book’s AR100, Print’s Regional Annual, The Best of Print Logo’s Casebooks, American Corporate Identity, Triad Annual Report Competition, Nova Interactive Annual Report Award, Graphic Design: USA’s Desi Competition, TIA Typographic Design Excellence, National Calendar Awards, IABC/Chicago Spectra Award, Gilbert Paper, Society of Typographic Arts—Design Archives along with other notable design publications.

Bill is a member of the AIGA, chairing and participating in various chapter programs. In addition, he volunteers his services to help support MBA programs in the field. He has been featured in Crain’s Chicago and participated in speaking engagements discussing the challenges small businesses face today regarding healthcare cost.

Jon Davies


Jon is an award-winning, conceptual and creative thinker with over twenty-five years of in-depth design and art direction experience. He spearheaded the concept development and design for some of the world’s most recognized agencies in London, New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. His category experience spans across consumer, pharmaceutical, CPG, retail, and financial.

Jon’s expertise is vast and broad. It can be brought to life in multiple formats. Whether it’s branding, print, advertising, digital design or a new business pitch, he’s a passionate big-thinker who can inject highly creative and original ideas into any project.

When Jon is not working, he spends his time with his wife and son, walking their dog or watching his beloved football (soccer) team – Everton F.C.


AWARDS, mentions & recognitions

ACD 100
AIGA: 365 Design Annual
American Corporate Identity
The Arc Awards
The Best of Print Logo’s Casebooks
Black Book’s AR100
Chicago Women in Publishing
Communication Arts
Donside International Design Competition
Financial World
HOW Design Competition
IABC/Chicago Spectra Award
Illinois Association of Business Communications

Mead 60
National Calendar Awards
The New York Art Director’s Club
Nova Interactive Annual Report Award
Public Relations Society of America
Print’s Regional Design Annual
Society of Association Publications
Society of Publication Design
Society of Typographic Arts
STA Archive
TIA Typographic Design Excellence
The Triad Awards
The Type Director’s Club
Women in Design


Through the years, we have been fortunate to work side-by-side with like-minded folks from a variety of organizations, with an emphasis on B2B service companies.

Arts and Education

Chicago Sinfonietta
Countryside Day School
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Learning Point Associates
Stony Brook University
University of Chicago


American Bar Association
American Library Association
The National Association of Realtors
The National Association of Home Builders
NIRI Virtual Chapter

B2B Products/Services

Consolidated Papers
Exhibitgroup, Inc.
Jamerson & Bauwens
Kraft Foodservice
Lapin Systems
South Water Signs
StandFast Group

Business Consulting

Egon Zehnder International
Ernst & Young
Heidrick & Struggles
Hewitt Associates
The Lakota Group
RHR International
Rise Group
The Segal Company
Semler Brossy
SwanDog Strategic Marketing
Watson Wyatt Worldwide

Consumer Products

General Motors
Holly Hunt
Kemper Sports Management
Kraft General Foods
McDonald’s Corporation
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Sears – Roebuck and Company
Snap-on Incorporated
Treats Frozen Desserts
Whitman Corporation

Financial Products/Services

BAI (Bank Administration Institute)
Chicago Board of Trade
Claymore Securities
Continental Bank
Corus Bankshares
Harris Bank
Kemper Funds
Link Capital, Inc.
Northern Trust
Scudder Investments
Signature Bank
UBS Global Asset Management
Van Kampen Merritt
Vector Securities International
Waddell & Reed
William Blair & Company


Downtown Evanston
U.S. Army Reserve
The Village of Hoffman Estates


Advocate Health Care
Baxter International
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
DuPage Valley Pain Clinic
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Hollister, Inc.
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Meyer Pediatrics
Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern University Medical School
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook University Medical School


CF Industries
Eastman Chemical Company
Illinois Central Railroad
Ryerson Inc.
Thomas & Betts


Cloud Hands Press
Encyclopedia Britannica North America
Hanley-Wood, Inc.
Tribune Company

Real Estate

Avison Young
The Dorchester Corporation
Equity Group Investments
Equity International
Equity Office Properties Trust
Grubb & Ellis
JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle)
US Equities

Social Services

The Sprau Advocacy Group
Elevate Energy
Peace Alights Initiative


Platinum Technology

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