Connecticut Creatives | Kelly Jura
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Kelly Jura

What do you do and where do you do it?

I am the Creative Director at Zillion. I oversee the corporate branding and design of our interactive healthcare products.

What inspired you to choose this profession, and what makes you stay in it?

I love how design allows you to positively impact how people interact with something. It’s pretty sweet!

I am able to maintain my enthusiasm, because projects change, design trends happen, cultures shift and there is always room to innovate.

What is your career highlight so far?

About 7 years ago, I did a freelance project for an entrepreneur (Bill Van Wyck) who had a great idea. That idea evolved into what would become Zillion. When Zillion was coming to fruition, Bill called me back to work on some projects and later offered me a position at the company. I left my corporate job that day and haven’t looked back. All of my career highlights involve relationships that I have made along the way.

What do you want to accomplish before you retire?

I don’t think that I will ever retire. I never want to lose design. This nervous creative energy is part of who I am and needs to be directed at something.

Who/What are your biggest influences?

Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, David Carson, Debbie Millman, Austin Kleon, Shepard Fairey, James Victore, Tony Millionaire… I love The Dieline and Brand New. Influence and inspiration are everywhere.

Who are the best creatives you’ve worked with? 

Early in my career, I was lucky enough to work for a few wonderful agencies. Today, I work with incredible innovators. Some of the best creatives I have worked with have not been traditional “creatives,” but people with great ideas and different ways of thinking. I also get to work with my husband, Ben Jura on personal projects. I surround myself with immensely talented people, hoping it rubs off on me.

I truly have learned something from every person I have worked with.

What cause means the most to you?

Working at Zillion has allowed me to work towards an incredible cause: making healthcare accessible to all and empowering people to change their behaviors to live healthier lives.

I don’t think that I will ever retire. I never want to lose design. This nervous creative energy is part of who I am and needs to be directed at something.

Why Connecticut?

Connecticut is and has always been my home. I never felt the need to leave the state, since the work and people in CT have always been good to me.

What are your loves/passions outside of this field?

Being outside. Spending time with my twin boys. Home projects. Homebrew.  

What do you know now that you didn’t know then?

There are no right or wrong choices when it comes to your career direction. Every job you take is a reflection of your priorities at the time. Designers get so wrapped up in what they “should” do and don’t focus on what’s right for them. When something no longer feels right, it’s okay to adjust.

To see more of Kelly’s work, visit kjura.com.