Here at The James Agency, we challenge the status quo. Each team member brings their own personality & quirks to the table to develop some killer work for our clients.
Get to know TJA’s graphic designer, John Blades!
Where did you grow up?
What got you interested in the marketing/advertising agency?
While working in restaurants, I became interested in how marketing affected business. From advertising or social media engagement to menu design, I paid close attention to what management was doing and decided to try and educate myself on the process. A few years later, here I am.
What are some challenges you face in your role at TJA?
I struggle a lot with internalizing the creative process. The team we have at TJA is great and always helpful in finding solutions or offering direction during different stages of the process. I am learning more everyday that it’s impossible to do it all yourself. Relying on the team isn’t just a luxury of working at TJA; it’s a necessity.
What success have you had in your role at TJA?
I’ve gotten to work on some really fun and rewarding projects. With the help and mentorship of my teammates, I have had the opportunity to contribute to logo and branding projects that I am really proud of.
What is your favorite part about your job?
What do you know now that you wish you knew at the start of your career?
Everyone is still learning one thing or another so don’t be too critical of yourself if you don’t know something.
What are some tools you use everyday that are specific to your role at TJA?
Uni-Ball Kuru Toga mechanical pencil. It’s my favorite writing utensil. I use it daily for sketching and taking notes.
What’s trending now in your department? What do you see happening in the future?
Minimalism. Simplifying brands to make them easier to digest feels like the way of the future.
What kind of work were you doing prior to TJA?
I was serving tables at one of my favorite spots in the Valley, House of Tricks in Tempe.
What would you tell someone who wants to start a career as a graphic designer?
Figure out exactly what you want to do and go for it.