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Jenny is a graphic designer and design educator with over 20 years of experience. After completing her MFA in graphic design, she worked professionally in the publishing industry and at design firms in Cincinnati and Chicago where her clients included Target, American Girl, Bath & Body Works, and Simon and Schuster. Her work has been featured in Print and Step-By-Step Graphics magazines and included in shows by the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), the Chicago Book Clinic, and the Art Directors Club of Cincinnati. 

Jenny is a design entrepreneur and business owner. In 1996, she established her design studio, Jenny El-Shamy Design, LLC, a registered State of Indiana woman-owned business, where she works with a broad range of clients including the Eskenazi Museum of Art, Cook Medical, Inc., McGraw-Hill Publishing, the Indiana State Resource Center for Autism, the Monroe County Chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women), and the Grunwald Gallery of Art.

From 2002 to 2021, she taught in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University where she served as area coordinator of the graphic design program and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in typography, branding, packaging design, professional practice, letterpress printing, and design for social impact.


Her research and creative interests are socially conscious design for critical causes, human-centered design, visual storytelling, and service-learning. 


While at the Eskenazi School, she co-founded and co-directed the ServeDesign Center, which works in partnership with campus and community to promote engaged scholarship, civic and social responsibility, and design for social impact. She’s been awarded multiple grants and fellowships to support her creative work, teaching, and pedagogical leadership.


Jenny is currently teaching a course on Multimedia, Arts, and Technology in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University, and working on a variety of design projects including signage and way-finding for the new Southwest Branch of the Monroe County Public Library—set to open in fall 2022—with Matheu Architects, PC.