Jamie Thomson : Strategic, Empathic Design
Hello! my name is Jamie Thomson, and I have been working in digital design since 2012. I know that creating and refining your brand and website is intensely personal. My aim is to make that journey smoother and help you bring your vision to life. I am a former psychologist, a trained designer, and a certified brand specialist. That combination makes me uniquely prepared to take the time to listen and get to know exactly what will suit you and your business just right and tailor the design process to you.
I aim to deliver strategic design services that are tailored to each businesses needs and target customers. Design works best when it is truly intentional and thoughtful - and I hope to offer only the best.
You can Expect
As a solo service provider and as a part of a collaborative team, there are certain values that I always strive to put above all others.
My services will always be delivered with a genuine interest in and respect for other people and their experiences. I have always been keenly interested in other people’s journeys and this interest brings a level of care and concern to my work. I will also strive to be clear and communicative about my needs and boundaries in an effort to keep our working relationship stress free and professional.
I recognize that sometimes working as a team - any team - is challenging. I also recognize that our businesses are often intensely personal and extensions of ourselves and identities. With this in mind, I strive to take my time and listen when others talk about their work and their businesses in an effort to truly allow what makes each business special shine.
Science and creativity can and should work together for you. I work hard to find the correct solution for you – through research and trial – using proper design process and design thinking. The revision process is as important as the brainstorm process. Never be afraid to offer me feedback - I cannot grow as a designer, a strategist, or a person without the feedback from my teammates and customers.
My Certifications & Extra Training
Certified Brand Strategist
Designing a Business
IDEO's Approach to Building a Human Centered Business - Dec 2020
Certified Brand Specialist
I wasn't always a designer. I started out my professional career as a professional psychologist, getting my doctorate at the tender age of 27. As anyone who has been a 27 year old might know, I was not prepared at that time to decide what I truly wanted to do with the rest of my life, and I lasted as a doing therapy every day for approximately seven years and three state changes (which included re-applying to licensure each time) before I decided maybe I needed to pursue something a bit more aligned with both my personality and my true interests. You see, I have always had a love of art and creative pursuits - and psychology was okay, but was certainly not my passion.
In 2012, I founded Brilliant Blue Designs while also working as a web designer under DigiDonkey Web Design in Cocoa Village – I was building up my graphic design skills as a freelance designer. Many designers out there will recognize the move. I needed the LLC mainly to file taxes.
In 2017, I moved to Michigan when my husband got a job in automotive, and shortly thereafter Digidonkey closed its doors. Today, a few of my customers date back to those days working in Cocoa Village all these years later. They like to give me a hard time during the cold winter months and I take it with as much good humor as possible on the bleakest of February days. You may notice that even four years later, I still have the 3-2-1 area code on my phone number to remind me of the days of rockets and space shuttles (yes, I lived there when space shuttles still took to the skies!) rocked my house on a regular basis.
In 2020, during the pandemic, Brilliant Blue Designs was re-organized to Jamie Thomson Designer to better reflect my personal connection and flexibility in working with other professionals. While at one time I had hoped to expand into a proper agency, I am happy operating as essentially a sole freelancer free to collaborate with other agencies or to operate one on one with other professionals. I can easily work with individuals, companies, or do contract work. It's the sort of flexibility that many in my field share, but while Brilliant Blue Designs was my main moniker, it wasn't quite clear I was open to that flexibility.
I work from both home and from an office in Ferndale, MI with a group of other female solo entrepreneurs. I learned when I moved to this area just how valuable this type of support and networks are - and the pandemic has shown me how important getting out the the house is for everyday routine and mental health! My office hours have recently adjusted to no longer include Wednesdays - so that day can be reserved for class and studio days for my art practice- which you can follow if the fancy strikes you at Jamie Thomson art - brilliantbluejay.com.