Hello! I'm Jennifer Minning Grimes, a Visual Communications Specialist and Learning Experience Designer with 25+ years of experience in my field. You can call me Jen.
I create engaging, challenging, and impactful learning experiences so that training goals are achieved — and employee behavior is changed.
Do you have issues in your business that require employee training to solve — but no time, staff, pedagogical insight, or creative expertise to create the training yourself?
I can help.
A learner-centric approach.
I believe in learner-focused course creation based on careful research and analysis. I value a collaborative approach to course creation — and an iterative approach to course improvement.
Based on a deep design background.
When developing a new learning experience I draw upon my extensive design background including: graphic design, multimedia design, UX design, UI design, and instructional design.
Flexible and collaborative project management.
I'll team up with your SMEs to get at the heart of the business problem that needs solved, then develop a plan to meet your goals. I'll bring in only the most fitting creative experts to produce our shared vision — tech gurus, copywriters, editors, voice-over artists, photographers, and more.
Prior to founding Nektar Design, I worked with the Arras Group (Cleveland, Ohio) as Senior Art Director for the Moen, Sealy and Simmons accounts. I also helped develop customer relationship marketing programs for Procter & Gamble. Previously, I held the position of Senior Designer at Washington Hospital Center (Washington, D.C.) in the Public Affairs and Marketing department. I've been part of creative teams in a variety of other design studios and in-house marketing departments including Murphy Design, Shriver Design, Myers Industries and NCR.
I am also an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art teaching Graphics for Design, a course designed to teach graphic design basics, help students develop personal branding, and learn how to create an effective professional presentation.
I am well-versed in creating engaging online learning courses for my clients. I received my Adobe Captivate Specialist certification in the fall of 2018 and my Graduate Certification in Instructional Design through Bowling Green State University's Instructional Design and Technology program in the summer of 2021. I enjoy developing my skill set in the e-learning / instructional design realm. I'm always on the lookout for new ways to make my next training program better than the last.
Running with the big dogs.
A few of the companies I've worked with over the years…
Tooting my own horn.
I've racked up some design and marketing awards over my career. My work has been cited for excellence by: Cleveland Business Marketing Association (gold, silver and bronze Tower Awards), the International Association of Business Communicators (Silver Inkwell Award), the Communicator Awards (Crystal Award of Distinction), Wasau Papers (Gold Excellence Award) and Creative POPAI (Silver Award).
Art school shenanigans.
As a somewhat nerdy type-A student, I double-majored in graphic design and photography at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) where I graduated summa cum laude. I continue to keep abreast of industry trends and technology, and seriously enjoy honing my software skills. I can be a bit of a tech geek!
All work and no play makes me crabby.
I currently live in northeast Ohio with my two wonderful boys, Ben and Nate. I love chilling with my boys and our cats, Harvey and Zappa, practicing yoga, running, reading, and cooking in my free time.