I'll close this Words From Past Design Assistants feature with Stuart Jennings, who assisted me at Adcenter before joining W+K/NY as an art director. Besides being hilarious and super pro in his work, Stuart impressed me with his story of spending three hours on the phone with the Apple customer support woman until she agreed to send him a free laptop. He talked with her the entire drive from Richmond to DC. Determined.
Name: Stuart Jennings
When worked with Jelly: 2002-2003
Current job: Creative Director/ Wieden and Kennedy New York
What the experience of working with Jelly was like:
Jelly was one of the few mentors I've ever had in my life. I know that sounds cheesy but as I get older I realize that there are fewer and fewer people who are willing to spend their precious time helping someone else learn something. He was very direct and honest and had good taste. That's the most you can hope for from a boss, or a mentor in this business.