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Jonathan Silberman

Design & Coding

Animal Crossing: New Horizons x The Trevor Project
Animal Crossing Outfits

Clothing for Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Client: The Trevor Project

I designed digital clothing items for The Trevor Project that were released during National Suicide Prevention Month. These are designs that players can wear in-game while they explore their island or go visiting friends.

Mashable article covering the launch Launch post on Instagram Community support Players wearing the clothing in game Full offering of items
Three illustrations created for an article on wealth and race inequties
Editorial Illustration

Illustrations to accompany an article on inequity

Client: Personal Project

In 2020, I felt compelled to write a brief essay around wealth- and race-based gatekeeping. I posted the article on Medium and illustrated four accompanying visuals.

Illustration of a Black woman standing outside a hedge maze while white people wander around inside. Illustration of a white person parachuting into the center of the maze. Illustration of a line of people queued up outside of a gate. Abstract illustration of two women overlapping, one Black and one white.
Campaign Microsite

Fundraising Campaign Microsite

Client: The Trevor Project

Coding and design for the #PrideEverywhere fundraising campaign microsite during Pride month 2020. The coding included developing a user generated content photo filter tool using Fabric.js and a custom-developed campaign thermometer with date-based milestones to ramp up urgency as the campaign neared completion.

Initial page load experience. Generated image from the UGC filter Campaign thermometer with phased date/dollar milestones to ramp up urgency as the campaign nears completion.
Hosts Nicole Byer and Eugene Lee Yang in front of the TrevorLIVE stage backdrop
Event Design

Gala Event Design & Branding

Client: The Trevor Project

Working with The Trevor Project and the event production company, Stamp Event Management, I had the opportunity to reimagine the branding and event design of Trevor's biannual fundraising gala. As part of this reimagining, total dollars raised from the event more than doubled.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos in Front of the Orange Carpet Step & Repeat Livestream Section of the Step & Repeat Welcome Divider with Balloon Installation Table Setting & Program Ballroom from Above TrevorLIVE Logo Before & After Sponsorship Opportunities Slide Deck
ARS Logo, embossed
Organizational Identity

Identity Development

Client: withheld

An unused identity developed for a nonprofit association in the higher education field. The logo represents the perspective shift research can bring.

Embossed logo Logo Variations Letterhead & Business Cards
AU Library Annual Report 2014–15
Print & Online Report

Print & Online Annual Report

Client: American University Library

Coding, design, photography, and print buying for a web-based annual report and printed companion piece with a sampling of the content to drive traffic online. The annual report features campaign buttons.

Table of Contents Welcome Letter Mission & Vision Bowles Award Profile: Bill Gentile Textbooks on Reserve Social Justice Focus Profile: Joy Adams Library Council Online Report Online Report
Mobile view of the START Bienial Report
Online Biennial Report

Online Biennial Report

Client: International START Secretariat

Design and development of an online biennial report for START with advanced analytics tracking to see which pieces of content performed best. This will allow them to effectively plan the most pertinent content for the next report. START is an environmental change research nonprofit in Washington, DC.

Mobile view of the START Bienial Report Content section, desktop browser
HP+ Logo with Tagline
Logo Refresh & Branding

Health Policy Plus

Client: Palladium

Logo refinement and branded templates for a USAID-funded, five-year project to work on health policy development and implementation around the globe.

HP+ Logo with Tagline Before & After logo refresh Report Cover Policy Brief Cover Homepage Design
Odyssey Burger Logo
Restaurant Logo

Brand Development

Client: Odyssey Burger

Unused branding for a international-themed burger restaurant in Washington, DC. The flags spell out "ODYSSEY" in the Nautical Flag Alphabet.

Odyssey Burger Logo Odyssey Burger Window Sign Odyssey Burger Paper Cup Odyssey Burger Napkins
Front Cover
Magazine Layout

Magazine Layout

Client: Center for Popular Democracy

Redesign and layout for an 8-page, saddle stitched magazine. Designed as a template, all of the elements were created with object, paragraph, and character styles in order to be easily executed in a consistent manner across issues.

Front CoverInterior spread Interior spread
Parasols Woodblock
Digital Restoration

Woodblock Print digital restoration

Client: American University Library

Digital photography of the source material and photo manipulation to remove mold & water damage and restore the original coloring.

Detail, before restoration Detail, after restoration Parasols Woodblock
Letting Go of Legacy Services Cover
Book Cover
Letting Go of Legacy Services Cover

Letting Go of Legacy Services Book Cover

Client: American Library Association Editions

Book cover photography and design for a series of case studies for planned abandonment strategies in libraries. Also, I created a 30-second promotional video in After Effects.

full_cover video process_1 process_2 process_3 process_4
START Biennial Report
Print Biannual Report

Biennial Report

Client: International START Secretariat

Design, photo sourcing, and print buying of biennial Report for International START Secretariat. START is an environmental change research nonprofit in Washington, DC.

START Biennial Report
Biographers International Conference Program
Conference Program

Conference Program

Client: Biographers International

Design and cover photography for a 20-page, saddle-stitched program for Biographers International’s annual conference held in Washington, DC.

Biographers International Conference Program
AU Library Annual Report 2013–14
Annual Report

Annual Report 2013–2014

Client: American University Library

Design, photography, and print buying for a 56-page, perfect-bound report. The annual report features exploration-themed images from the library’s special collections.

AU Library Annual Report 2013–14
Screen Printed T-shirts
Screen Printed T-shirts

Screen Printed T-shirts

Client: American University Library

Illustrations and print buying of promotional t-shirts designed with library-themed illustrations.

Screen Printed T-shirts I <3 Books Book Reading Ebook Books Are Awesome

Jonathan Silberman


  • CodeIgniter
  • Convio
  • Drupal
  • Netlify
  • WordPress
  • Constant Contact
  • Luminate
  • MailChimp
  • Salesforce
  • Zoho
  • 3D Design
  • Multi-channel Campaigns
  • Project Management
  • Video Editing
  • Writing/Editing
Full Stack
  • Git
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • RESTful APIs
  • Consensus Building
  • Design Thinking
  • Empathy
  • Mentorship
  • Systems Thinking
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Figma
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Sketch
  • Sublime Text
I’m a multi-disciplinary designer and coder with a voracious appetite for knowledge. I want to solve problems — big and small — and use my skills to create a more equitable world.


The Trevor Project
2017–Present Senior Designer & Web Lead

I have a dual role with responsibilities at the intersection of marketing and technology. As a member of the growth team I actively contribute to the strategy and planning of multi-channel campaigns.

  • Analytics setup and maintenance
  • Campaigns’ digital presence
  • Creative production
  • Digital properties
  • User segmentation and targeting
  • A/B Testing & content optimization
  • Donation platform
  • Email CRM
  • Website redesign and redevelopment project
  • Brand consistency
  • Corporate partnership assets
  • Lead generation and strategy
  • Paid media
  • Project management
American University Library
2003–2017 Design & Marketing Coordinator

After working as support staff for two years at AU, I successfully lobbied to create a position for myself as the library’s graphic designer. Later, I was able to create a case for adding the responsibility of marketing coordination to my purview. I was responsible for creating a cohesive visual identity, providing the library with a prominent presence on campus, and addressing the day-to-day design needs of the organization. As the sole designer, I had the ability to take on many additional responsibilities, such as print buying, photography, copy writing, editing, web design & development, and running an in-house print shop. Additionally, I managed and mentored design assistants and chaired the cross-departmental marketing team.

Fearless Future
2005–Present Co-Owner/Art Director

A two-person shop, my business partner and I started Fearless Future to work exclusively with nonprofits and to continue working together after she relocated to Arizona. We both have full-time jobs, but see our partnership as a way to make meaningful change in the nonprofit sector.


American University
2012 Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design



—Silver Award, Non-Profit websites category, Davey Awards

—American Inhouse Design Award, Graphic Design USA


—American Inhouse Design Award, Graphic Design USA


—Silver Award, Landing Page for Marketing, W3 Awards

—American Inhouse Design Award, Graphic Design USA


—Silver Award, Non-profit Website, W3 Awards

—American Web Design Award, Graphic Design USA


—American Graphic Design Award, Graphic Design USA


—Gold Award, Annual Report category, Davey Awards

—American Inhouse Design Award, Graphic Design USA


—Silver Award, both Science and Annual Report categories, Davey Awards


—Silver Award, Self-Promotion Mobile Site, W3 Awards

—Website Merit Award, Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington


—Sappi Ideas that Matter Grant Recipient


—Two of annual report designs featured in the international compendium: Corporate Brochure Designs Tokyo: PIE Books

—In HOWse Design Awards, HOW Magazine


—Award of Excellence, Communicator Awards

—American Inhouse Design Award, Graphic Design USA


—Creativity + Commerce Business Graphics Award, Print Magazine