Jerome Walford – Principal



Jerome started his career as a passionate painter and illustrator, but was always distracted by a fondness for the emerging technology of the web. Advertising came as a natural fit, working at a small design agency in New York. In 1998 he was asked to head up a new web development services initiative. This distraction then became a medium all its own, and a powerful revenue stream rocking the boat of many agencies industry-wide. Since 2000 Jerome has developed a great consulting career, covering graphic design, web design and illustration. Jerome has worked with notable advertising agencies, as well as servicing small to medium size companies directly. It has been very rewarding, he’s been fortunate to work on several well known brands such as Yahoo, Samsung, and Food Network, among many others.

A lot of Jerome’s recent work involves a cross section between graphic design and illustration, which is usually implemented through interactive and online projects. The Blue Griffin advertising and design studio focuses on quality work, scalability, and competitive pricing.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Cornell University graduate 1996, with BFA and dual concentration in Printmaking and Painting. Jerome Walford also was one of five students selected for special studies in computer graphics, the pilot program for the college’s computer arts major. His hard work and dedication awarded him an internship in New York with NCI, a leading Madison Avenue advertising agency.

Jerome earned two years worth of full scholarship, after three years on the Dean’s list, he easily clenched a Merrill Presidential Scholar spot, given to those graduating within the top 10% within their college.

Invited to join the prestigious Golden Key Honor Society based on extraordinary academic performance.

Graduated valedictorian 1992 from Brooklyn’s historic Erasmus Hall High School, winning several major scholastic acknowledgements

Completed both summer and weekend extra-curricula studies at the acclaimed Cooper Union School in New York City.

Won first place in the NAACP’s ACT-SO New York competition, in the art category, earning a spot to present at the national competition.

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