Your Name: Tre’ Jorgensen
Your Neighborhood: Logan Square
Company/Organization: I work for myself as a Communication Designer and I do side projects with my husband as Buffalo Buffalo
Role/Title: Maker, Designer, Screenprinter, ProblemSolver
Company Mission: I support good people doing good work with some strategy, beauty and simplicity.
Tell us what excites you most about your work:
I love the opportunity to work with new people and new challenges. I am constantly
learning about other industries and newfangled ideas through the work my clients
are doing and I couldn't be more excited to partner with them. Whether it's learning
about the art and science of a horse's movement for a rebrand or immersing
myself in vintage home furnishings for an ecommerce site, I enjoy the challenge of
stepping into other fields to strengthen them with design.
Tell us about someone who has influenced your work:
I'd have to say it was one of my college professors, Dan Elliott. He is certainly one
of the reasons I turned out ok as a designer.
He fostered healthy critique in a way that somehow made it ok when he ripped into
your work and he led by example with his experiments in letterpress. He
introduced me to Hamilton Wood Type and I was able to take several trips under
his tutelage both in school and after graduation. It seems kind of corny but I think I
owe all of my appreciation of handcraftsmanship and typography to him.
I was honored to have him hire me as Adjunct Faculty this past winter before he
packed up and moved to a new university this spring.
Tell us about an upcoming project you're excited about:
Currently, I am neck deep in the planning and orchestrating of the STA's Chicago
Design Archive Competition (Archive14) as CoDirector with my husband Matthew.
While it is quite the undertaking, it has been such a joy and a challenge to bring
this all together and this season should be one for the books. We have had the
privilege of working with 50,000ft on the creative for this year and are just wrapping
up selecting the judges from across the country. While this is a step outside of my
usual role, I am excited to give back to the community with my time and I hope that
everyone else enjoys the events as they unfold this summer.
If I can manage my time between business and Archive14, I also have a personal
screenprinting project brewing that I hope to have completed and up for sale by
Tell us your favorite thing to do in Chicago:
After a long, harsh winter it's hard to think of anything but spending time outside.
Some of my favorite things to do in Logan Square are picnics on the boulevards,
always including Miko's italian ice of course, and night bike rides with friends.