Designer and entrepreneur

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I am a graphic designer and entrepreneur. I help clients with communication design and marketing needs.

My background blends right-brain creative with left-brain tech.

My focus on graphic and web design follows a successful business and marketing career. My colleagues know me as “Jill Barson Gilbert,” or just plain “Jill.”

I use design thinking, a creative, solution-based approach to problem-solving. This approach focuses on your needs, considers how best to use technology, and defines what is a successful outcome.

My background includes a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree. I held environment, health & safety positions in industry, then moved on to EHS consulting, software product management, and software consulting. I was involved in marketing and graphic design for much of my career.

I taught myself HTML, CSS, and graphic design, wrote hundreds of reports, articles, and white papers, and illustrated some of them. I enrolled in college again to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Art & Design. I am still learning.

Jill B Gilbert résumé

I seek interesting and stimulating creative projects in communication design and marketing. I do pro bono work for non-profits and paid project commissions.


  • Freelance Designer, Jill B Gilbert (2017 to present)
  • Founder, President & CEO, Lexicon Systems, LLC (2002 to present)
  • Director of Strategy & Communications, T3, Inc. (1988 to 2002)
  • Director of Product Management, Oracle Corporation (1996 to 1998)



  • Branding
  • Communication design
  • Web design
  • Package design
  • WordPress
  • HTML + CSS
  • Typography
  • Intelligent content
  • White papers
  • Photography


  • Critical thinking
  • Strategy + planning
  • Project management
  • Product management
  • Leadership
  • Client account management
  • Quality
  • Team building + mentoring


  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • WordPress
  • Dreamweaver
  • Powerpoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Procreate


  • Associate of Applied Science, Art & Design—San Jacinto College, Houston, TX
  • Rice Program for Managers—Rice University, Houston, TX
  • Master of Science—University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts—Miami University, Oxford, OH

Memberships & honors

  • AIGA, the professional association for design
  • Phi Theta Kappa honor society
  • Winning Design, QEP “Thinking and Beyond” Design Contest, San Jacinto College
  • Dean’s Awards for Excellence, Design 3 and Web Design 2, San Jacinto College
  • Air & Waste Management Association (Fellow Member, Director, Vice President, IT Insight columnist)
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018 Nominee)
  • Biography in Who’s Who in the South and SouthwestWho’s Who in Finance and BusinessWho’s Who of American WomenWho’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America

Let’s talk… Contact me to discuss your communication design and marketing needs.