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Illustrator, surface designer, and sometimes author Jill McDonald is known for her feel-good, colorful art.

Jill received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design with a focus on textiles.

She spent a couple of years in NYC working for Gap Inc. as a print stylist and then moved to the Midwest to work as an illustrator for Hallmark.

She started her design studio in 2004 with her husband and business partner Antonio (An architect in his previous life).

Jill has years of experience working on a wide array of products including kids and baby bedding, fabric collections, wall art, puzzles, games, greeting cards, and books. She is the author/ illustrator of the popular early learning series Hello, World!

Being dyslexic, Jill has always visited the pictures on the page first to cue her brain on the story at hand.  Studying an image provides a gateway to enter the words that accompany it. We all learn differently! Jill gathers inspiration from the world around her and is always eager to learn her next fun fact!

Nestled on the third floor of her home she works out of her sun-drenched studio designed by Antonio.  The two are parents of a sweet teen son, Luca, and one small yet mighty French Bulldog, Sophie. Both have appeared in Jill’s art.


Little Sleepies


Pottery Barn Kids

Garnet Hill

Nick Jr.

Windham Fabrics

Penguin Random House (Double Day Books)


Some past and current clients:


American Greetings

Design House Greetings


Barefoot Books

C.R. Gibson


Peter Pauper Press


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