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The Zen of Steve Jobs

The Project: Since a very young age, JESS3 CEO and Founder Jesse Thomas had always wanted to make a technology-themed comic book / zine, with Steve Jobs as an obvious protagonist. After watching a documentary in 2009 that touched on Jobs’ study of Buddhism and how its teachings affected the aesthetic of Apple products, he was even more set on a book about Jobs. In the spring of 2011, Jesse pitched the idea to Forbes Managing Editor Bruce Upbin, who immediately understood the power of Jesse’s vision. Production began soon after, with a full-on collaboration between Forbes and JESS3. Jobs’ death in October made the project all the more meaningful and important.

Our Methodology: Apple fans expect nothing less than perfection, and that weighed heavily in all aspects of making our debut book. Attention to detail was critical: From the hand-written page numbers to innumerable revisions to the bridge of Jobs’ nose, each page was carefully crafted. For the style, we settled on thick charcoal lines to emulate calligraphy, a central theme of the book. Clashing lines and shadows, augmented by a muted color palette, mirror the themes of Ma and spaces.

The Results: The final book is 80 pages, including a “Making Of” section showcasing alternate covers and additional explorations of Jobs and Kobun. JESS3’s first comic book, “The Zen of Steve Jobs,” is available beginning Dec. 19 online and in bookstores across the country.

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New Contributor at Quarterly: Jesse Thomas!

JESS3 CEO and Founder, Jesse Thomas, is a new contributor for the subscription service, Quarterly Co. Jesse joins the ranks of other select influential contributors and will send his subscribers fun, cool physical items in the mail. His goal is to send awesome things he finds while traveling. We're honored to have him selected as a contributor!

From the Campaign Trail with Google: Operation South Carolina

After being on the ground for the initial primaries, our JESS3 team ran the Google Politics and Elections War Room for South Carolina from Google’s DC office. We've been helping visualize Google search data for the 2012 Elections, and the data for this primary shows a new story: Newtmentum.

The Next Web Gets Geosocial Universe 3.0 Exclusive

JESS3’s third version of the Geosocial Universe premiered in an exclusive on The Next Web, one of the world’s largest online tech publishers. The Geosocial Universe 3.0 illustrates the vastness of geosocial networking, highlighting the major social networks as planets orbitting the "sun" of nearly 6 billion global mobile devices — “depicting exactly where mobile stands in today’s ecosystem.” The Next Web noted how the Geosocial Universe 3.0 sheds light on growing mobile traffic, showing “just how big those numbers have become” in the ever-expanding geosocial-sphere.

Leslie Bradshaw Named to TopRank's "25 Women Who Rock Social Media"

JESS3's President, COO and Co-Founder, Leslie Bradshaw, was named to the list, compiled by TopRank CEO Lee Odden, that includes industry leaders like Arianna Huffington, Randi Zuckerberg, Nilofer Merchant, Sloane Davidson, Ekaterina Walter, and more. Author and MarketingProfs Chief Content Officer Ann Handley, who graced last year's list and nominated Leslie for this year's, said of JESS3's chief, "She’s the brains (and possibly the brawn! – ha) behind JESS3, which has done the social web a big fat favor by relentlessly adhering to quality in the content it produces."

Amnesty International and JESS3 Team up for Anniversary Infographics

JESS3 had the honor of helping leading human rights protection non-profit Amnesty International celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with the creation of five data visualizations. This collection of infographics aims to inform the public about some of the issues Amnesty International is most passionate about as well as the organization's history itself.

JESS3 Helps Social Media Club Celebrate Its 5th Anniversary

To celebrate five years of expanding digital media literacy in the nation’s capital, the DC Social Media Club teamed up with local partner JESS3 to showcase the club’s achievements to date. The resulting infographic portrays the most significant milestones in the SMC's history. Through the use of custom icons and illustrations, our illustrators added a touch of fun to the narrative.

CNN Covers 'Geeks on a Plane' & Includes Shots of JESS3 CEO / Founder Jesse Thomas

Notes Shasta Darlington of CNN: "They are an exclusive group of globe-trotting Internet investors, startup founders and tech junkies. Or you can just call them 'Geeks on a Plane.'" JESS3's Founder and CEO was one of said "geeks" who not only met with numerous entrepreneurs on the trip and throughout South America, but he also served as the trip's executive creative director where he lead the development of the trip's official comic book / "zine" and collateral. Look closely and you can see his signature JESS3 tee in CNN's shots of the trip!

JESS3's TLD Visualization Featured in the Washington Post

As ICANN prepared to make a big Top Level Domain-related announcement in early 2011, JESS3 was commissioned by the Washington Post to bring a visual storytelling angle to the changing tides of domain names. The challenge was how to give an "out with the old, in with the new" feel. As the TLD story continues to unfold, JESS3's art is as relevant as ever. Notes Washington Post reporter Hayley Tsukayama: "The organization tasked with regulating the Web’s domain names — that’s everything to the right of the dot in a URL — released its list detailing who has applied for new Web suffixes Wednesday. Companies who applied for new addresses include Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft as well as prominent firms such as Macy’s, Wal-Mart and Tiffany. Each application cost the companies $185,000."

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