Jessica Paoli, also known as Skullface, is an interdisciplinary designer dual-wielding compassion and cuteness.

Geeking out with Cards Against Humanity’s Artist Series.

Amy Schwartz, Cards Against Humanity’s Design Director knew my style and interests would be the perfect fit for their latest supplemental card pack about Sega Genesis, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, and general geekery. The answer was a cheerful White Knight, a powerful and babely tabletop-playing mage, and a fun Mario-style type treatment, all on an N64 cartridge. I even got to livestream part of the illustration process!

Toasting America’s best young chefs, bartenders, and restauranteurs.

Eater.com’s annual Young Guns celebration honors the best up-and-coming individuals in the restaurant industry across the United States. To ring in the class of 2016, I developed a flexible design system for the year's festivities, anchored by big June bash. Treating brand moments for the entire experience, digitally and physically.

A branded launch party fit for a Questlove DJ set.

Vox Media celebrated the introduction of Concert, their latest premium advertising offering, with a big shindig at NYC’s Upfronts​/​NewFronts 2016. From the first save-the-date to the last cocktail napkin of the night, I collaborated with the event coordinators and executive team to create an impactful, cohesive system across all collateral. The identity stemmed from a literal translation of the “Concert” product, inspired by gritty silkscreened gig posters — “DJ set by Questlove” is one benefit you don’t downplay.

Highly custom snaps for the IGN Discover channel.

In Summer 2015, IGN became a featured Snapchat Discover channel — one of 20 curated and monetized feeds that go live with new content every single day to a massive audience. The Snaps in these feeds are 10 seconds long, vertical (the opposite of how we traditionally think about video), and must account for incongruent screen size ratios across all mobile devices. I worked with IGN’s production team to illustrate and design over two dozen Snaps that went live in December 2015.

Logos, visual identity, and brand collateral.

A smattering of logotypes, logomarks, and extended applications for various ventures.

Fortunate enough to draw for friends and money.

Please check the Shop to see if any of these prints are available for purchase! I’m currently not accepting commissions at this time, but feel free to email me to get in the pipeline.

Social media avatar portraits!
Pretty faces for pretty people!
Woozy Winks in the Secret Loves of Geek Girls
Pinup illustration accompanying prose by Trina Robbins appears in the mega-Kickstarter success anthology “The Secret Loves of Geek Girls” — to be re-released by Dark Horse in late 2016.

About Me

Hello, friend! I’m Skullface. If personality types are your jam, I’m an INFJ Cancerian Slytherin Rebel Type 4. When I'm not designing or illustrating, I'm playing video games, learning to skateboard, and hanging out with my husband and our cats.

I doodle, experiment, collaborate with the smart folks of Vox Media, and celebrate fun at False Luck. I focus on purposeful, inclusive, and empathetic experiences in all my work. If you’re curious, you can learn about my process and workspace.

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