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TDF Talks With Jeremy Wortsman Of The Jacky Winter Group

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The star of our 32nd episode is an incredibly inspiring creative entrepreneur, friend, and invaluable mentor to us at The Design Files. In fact, when we first launched this podcast, Jeremy Wortsman was our go-to, advising on everything we needed to know to bring a podcast to life!

In this candid conversation with Lucy, the founder of creative agency The Jacky Winter Group, Lamington Drive gallery and the JWGYTB podcast, as well as host of Creative Mornings’ Melbourne Chapter charts the growth of his business, expanding to the US, and what he’s focussing on next.

1st August, 2019

The Jacky Winter Group HQ in Collingwood with mural by Jacky Winter artist Lachlan Conn and show-stopping neons by  TDF fave Electric Confetti. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Office details. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Photo – Mark Roper.

Office details. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Thursday 1st August 2019

Originally from New York, Jeremy Wotsman moved to Melbourne in 2001, and launched his business, The Jacky Winter Group, in 2007.  Initially founded as an illustration agency, Jeremy started out representing 12 talented local artists – and like every good start-up, he started the business from his bedroom!

Fast forward to 2019, and The Jacky Winter Group and has evolved into a full-service creative representation and production agency, with 15 staff, and offices in both Melbourne and New York. Today, the company represents over 100 commercial artists, and works for clients including Google, Apple, Facebook, The New York Times, and SO many more!

Under the Jacky Winter umbrella, Jeremy also runs Lamington Drive gallery, and the Jacky Winter Gardens guesthouse and artist residency, and he also co-hosts his own BRILLIANT weekly podcast, Jacky Winter Gives You The Business (JWGYTB), which I highly recommend. Outside of work, Jeremy is also the host of the Melbourne chapter of Creative Mornings.

Jeremy is passionate about art, and tech, and the Internet… and he is one of those people who is just is so wise in such a broad range of areas, and so generous with his wisdom!

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NOTES + LINKS

You can follow The Jacky Winter Group on Instagram at @jackywinter.

Check out their incredible work and all the artists they represent at Jackywinter.com. *Later this month Jacky Winter will be launching their new website so keep your eye out for that, knowing Jeremy it’s sure to be NEXT LEVEL!

In our conversation, Jeremy mentions Is Not Magazine, his award-winning early magazine project with Stuart Geddes and Penny Modra.

Jeremy’s first business was a design studio called Chase and Galley, co-founded with Stuart Geddes.

We’ve run a few stories about Jeremy over the years – one of my personal favourites is where we featured him in our Family column, with some gorgeous snaps of his kids Winifred and Jeronimo.

The Jacky Winter Group HQ in Collingwood is TRULY A DREAM office, it has a treadmill workstation, a podcast recording room(!), an amazing exterior mural, and even a self-contained ‘sleep room’!

Jacky Winter also operates Lamington Drive gallery.

Jeremy is also the founder and co-host of brilliant podcast Jacky Winter Gives You The Business.

Outside of work, he hosts Creative Mornings’ Melbourne Chapter.

The Way Back Machine is a historical archive of almost every website on the internet, where you can go back to early versions of all your favourite websites! (Thanks Jeremy for another amazing tip off!)

Jeremy was super chuffed this year when one of his illustrators, Sophie Beer, was commissioned to create a ‘Google Doodle’ for the first time! Check it out here.

This is the 32nd episode of our TDF Podcast – thanks so much for listening! You can browse all or revisit any episode here.

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