Alison Garwood-Jones is an award-winning writer, blogger and a former editor with Elle Canada and Viva magazines. Her blog, “Society Pages,” explores her take on human nature and was nominated twice (“Arts & Entertainment” and “Life” categories) in the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards. Alison was also recently cited as a “favourite blogger” by BrazenCareerist.com, the Washington, D.C.-based work-related website for “next-generation professionals” profiled by 60 Minutes.
Through her magazine feature writing and media work, Alison has built a steady business teaching social media workshops and consulting for corporate clients and freelancers who want to tell better digital stories and solve business problems for potential clients who are looking for answers in online searches. Since the Fall of 2014, Alison has been an instructor in Digital Strategy & Communications Management at the University of Toronto (SCS).
Alison not only writes, she draws:
As an artist consultant to brands, she provides a fresh perspective and competitive advantage to businesses looking to clarify their marketing message and direction online and offline. Writer Leah Lamb said it well in Fast Company, “Who better to lead [brands] through cultural shifts in real time than someone who is actually engaged in the production of culture?” To see how Alison has incorporated drawings into her writing and communications offerings, check out her work with TEDx and Lean In.
Beyond her corporate partnerships, Alison’s digital and freestyle drawings published on her WordPress blog, Society Pages, have garnered the praise of legendary graphic designer and book cover king, Chip Kidd, as well as the illustrator Tom Bachtell of The New Yorker. In an email to Alison, Kidd called one of her political drawings, “a great conceptual drawing,” while Bachtell wrote, “a beautiful illustration. It’s simple, but perfectly captures the essence of the story. Hard to do, as I well know.” (Yes, she squealed when she got their emails).
Before becoming a journalist, illustrator and social media strategist, Alison was a museum intern and fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, as well as a freelance curator at her hometown gallery, The Art Gallery of Hamilton. This was followed by a three-year stint in film where she worked as a historical consultant and writer with the Emmy Award-winning Devine Entertainment on their artist biopics that aired on HBO and PBS. Alison is working again with Devine on MacCap Learning Systems, their ed-tech start-up being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Email: alison (dot) garwoodjones (at) gmail (dot) com
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