Anna Jay

Anna Jay

Art DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
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Anna Jay

Anna Jay

Art DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Anna is a multi-disciplinary creative and Art Director at Refinery29. She joined Refinery29 in 2015, tasked with bringing the brand's visual language to the UK market. During this period she has collaborated with an array of visual artists creating award-winning projects and editorial campaigns. Alongside this, she balances personal creative work including photography, design, and collage. In 2020 she founded Tourist Tees, a side project celebrating travel, colour, typography and the unity of Europe via the medium of sustainable t-shirts each dedicated to a different European city. With a background in photography after studying at the University of Plymouth, she has also freelanced at MACK, The Times, FT Weekend, Grazia, ELLE Collections, New Statesman and InStyle, among others, before working as the lead creative on The Debrief aged 22. If you’d like to talk about any collaborations please email: anna@annajay.co.uk
Projects
  • Why We Turn To Flowers In Times Of Crisis
    Why We Turn To Flowers In Times Of CrisisFeature on why we turn to flowers in a time of crisis, pegged to the COVID-19 pandemic and purchasing trends. Anna curated a selection of work by artists around the concept, as well as some self-shot work to create large scale layouts for the editorial. - Curating and Design by Anna Jay Written by by Sadhbh O’Sullivan
  • Refinery29: Pretty Risky
    Refinery29: Pretty RiskyCreation of custom hub & branding for Pretty Risky, a campaign led by Refinery29 Beauty Editor Jacqueline Kilikita to challenge the unregulated and dangerous industry of DIY beauty procedures. Artwork created with hand-cut and digital methods. Custom hub built in Wordpress.
  • British Red Cross #PowerOfKindness Artwork
    British Red Cross #PowerOfKindness ArtworkBRC asked Refinery29 to create a piece of artwork for the #PowerOfKindness campaign around the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Tourist Tees
    Tourist TeesTourist Tees is a personal project by Anna Jay, with collaborations from Montse Tanùs, Sian O’Flaherty and Luke & Nik. The concept is to play with the idea of the tourist t-shirt, a souvenir of a place and Anna’s love for travel and merchandise design. The editions celebrate different cities through an evocative shade of colour, custom type designed by Montse Tanùs, and they serve as a momento of the unity of the EU. The t-shirts are all long sleeve, made from certified 100% organic cotton, GOT
  • AW20 London Fashion Week Trend Report
    AW20 London Fashion Week Trend ReportCustom design and experiential scrolling for the AW20 LFW trend report on Refinery29.
  • Tourist Tees
    Tourist TeesTourist Tees is a personal project by Anna Jay, with collaborations from Montse Tanùs, Sian O’Flaherty and Luke & Nik. The concept is to play with the idea of the tourist t-shirt, a souvenir of a place and Anna’s love for travel and merchandise design. The editions celebrate different cities through an evocative shade of colour, custom type designed by Montse Tanùs, and they serve as a momento of the unity of the EU. The t-shirts are all long sleeve, made from certified 100% organic cotton, GOT
Projects credited in
  • I'm A Criminal Campaign
    I'm A Criminal CampaignI had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Diane Munday for Refinery29's I'm A Criminal campaign. Diane is an abortion rights campaigner who helped to get abortion legalised in Britain in 1967 & has joined forces with Refinery29uk to help change the law and make abortion a medical and not a criminal issue. Abortion is, while legal, still technically a criminal offence in England & Wales. Words by Vicky Spratt. Please sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-mp-imacriminal-
  • The New Moods: Fashion Trends
    The New Moods: Fashion TrendsRole: Art Director, Autumn Winter 2013 issue of ELLE Collections • The unstoppable force of great fashion minds inexplicably pulling in one direction creates a magnetic drift, otherwise know as 'trends' // PICTURE TEAM // Kim Turney and Anna Jay
  • I'll Have What She's Having Branding
    I'll Have What She's Having BrandingBranding and illustration for Refinery29 UK tentpole exploring female pleasure
  • Refinery29 IWD 2019
    Refinery29 IWD 2019For International Women’s Day 2019 I scoped the streets of London photographing and interviewing 29 of the coolest young girls in London for Refinery29
  • Bat for Lashes for Refinery 29
    Bat for Lashes for Refinery 29https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/bat-for-lashes-lost-girls Photography - Nicole Ngai Styling - Georgia Murray Make Up - Billie Mckenzie Art Direction - Meg O'Donnell-Bath
  • Jamie for Refinery29
    Jamie for Refinery29Crumb human, Jamie Windust, was photographed as part of a non-binary editorial featuring in Refinery29. Shot by Poppy Marriott and words by Tom Rasmussen.
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Work history
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    Refinery29 logo
    Art DirectorRefinery29
    London, United KingdomFull Time
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    Creative EditorThe Debrief
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
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Skills
  • Photography
  • Art Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Branding
  • Identity Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Adobe Create Suite
  • Illustration
  • Creative Consultancy
Education
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    University of Plymouth logo
    BA(Hons) PhotographyUniversity of Plymouth
     - Plymouth, United Kingdom
Awards
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    Photography AnnualCreative Review
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    New Talent: Art Director Of The YearPPA Awards