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Hannah Jennings

Hannah Jennings is a designer and illustrator with many years of experience, primarily with non-profit organizations including over 20 years as Manager of Design at Brookfield Zoo. She launched her own design studio in 2005 (see below), branching out into new media and working with a wide range of clients. She also taught at Dominican University. Hannah has an MFA in Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She works from Oak Park, near Chicago.



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Hannah got a BA in Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan, then went to work in the big world, notably at Sunbums newspaper in Honolulu and the Joint Commission in Chicago. Sunbums Honolulu newspaperPublication of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Book

She decided to go back to school: she studied design history, printmaking, book binding, and photography, and put them all together by making a lot of books.

She also taught classes and designed for the school.

Brochure from the School of the Art Institute of ChicagoLeather-Bound for Glory

Wild Things poster

Next came Brookfield Zoo. She continued to design some print, but gradually concentrated on...

Dragonfly Marsh interactiveElephant Trunk interactiveThe Fragile Kingdom tiger sign
...managing the zoo's ambitious, award-winning exhibit interpretation program.

Hannah became interested in wayfinding, visitor evaluation, and identity.

Directional to Brookfield ZooVisitor study of directional signageFly Like a Bird interactiveInternational logo for AZA's Species Survival Plans

Brochure for AZASociety for Environmental Graphic Design


She got involved in local and national professional organizations, even becoming President of SEGD.

Alligator illustration for Brevard Zoo in FloridaJudging Exhibitions CD

In 2005 Hannah left the zoo and entered the world of entrepreneurs. Her first projects reflected her past experiences.


The Brookfield Oak Savannah

Her work on the Brookfield Oak Savanna brought her first post-zoo award.


(Our most recent award is a Superior Achievement award from the Illinois State Historical Society, for the exhibition,
“Robert R. McCormick, Innovator, Journalist and Philanthropist.”)

She gradually expanded into new realms of web and book design, and more...

...and her brother Michael joined her to form
Jennings and Jennings: Book Design and Copyediting.

Book edited and designed by Hannah and Michael Jennings

In the 200 titles we have published over the past five years, we've experimented with many different design and production groups. And, after all this time, we've settled on only a few who we use regularly and without reservation, including the team of Jennings and Jennings. Hannah and Michael are hard working, deadline focused, reasonable, flexible, moderately priced, and creative in their designs and editing. The books turn out interesting, solid, and attractive. Authors are happy, we're happy, book buyers are happy. It doesn't get better than that.

Mitch Allen
Publisher, Left Coast Press

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Oh, and yes, Hannah also paints watercolors and exhibits her art.