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El Jefe

Derwood, Maryland

Hailing from just outside of America’s capital city of Washington, D.C., El Jefe is a heavyweight among the ranks of up-and-coming designers.  His name, a clever guise for an admittedly less-theatrical Mr. Jeffery Everett, is almost an homage to the cultural iconography he often employs as the subject of his design work.  And let’s be honest…who doesn’t enjoy a good luchador?

Jeff’s design work (including graphic, web, creative direction, illustration, and branding/identity) has graced the pages of many prestigious industry publications, including but not limited to New Vintage Type, Design Entrepreneur, Print Magazine, HOW, and Step Inside Design.  These publications add to a resume that includes a shelf full of awards, most notably his gold and silver awards from The Art Directors Club and a best-in-category from the AdClub (Addys).  Not only has El Jefe excelled in the professional field, he has also shared his talents through professorships at American University, University of Baltimore, and the AIGA.

It should come as no surprise that the staff at Ballista has nothing but respect for El Jefe’s design chops — the list of awards should be enough of a hint — but we truly value Jeff’s delivery and dedication to concept without resulting in worthless kitsch.  His work is sensible and diverse, ranging from political literature to his Lucha LIBRAry.  To quote his website: “Simply put: El Jefe always delivers heavy-weight design.”  Truer words were never spoken.

For more of El Jefe’s work, make sure to check out his online store and website.  We know we’ve been a little MIA as of late, but we can assure you it’s been busy over here at the Ballista HQ.  We have some great things in store for the future.

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