About J. R. Underhill

J. R. Underhill Communications has been an independent business since 1980 in the service of brand creation and management, and the design and production of every form of communication material. The principal, Jan Underhill, began laying the skills foundation while majoring in Art and English at Calvin College, adding a commercial perspective at Kendall College of Art and Design, and completing a bachelor's degree in Art and History at Grand Valley State University.

Critical skills were added along the way by the jobs financing the education: beginning logo and ad design while working in retail, and print production, book cover and content design while working for publishing companies. Contract work with a range of advertising agencies led to partnerships with marketing firms, evolving into a small freestanding agency. Along the way, board positions with American Advertising Federation chapters in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, InterCom: Kalamazoo Association of Communication Professionals, Kalamazoo Network and Northside Business Association offered peer learning and connections vital to small business growth.

We are pleased to continue adding and updating skills and capabilities with which to serve our longtime clients, and will be delighted to learn what we can do for you!

“Jan is like a member of our team. Because she understands what we do, she is able to provide great customer service and quality work for a reasonable fee. Oftentimes the timeframes are quick, and Jan has always come through.”

Judy Sivak, Director, Region IIIA Area Agency on Aging, Kalamazoo Co. Health & Community Services Department

“As I started my career in design, I had the privilege of working with Jan and J.R. Underhill. She was a mentor and held my hand as a young professional. Her insight and professionalism is something that I have come to appreciate even more over the years. Jan's relationships with her clients is not only providing great creative, but solid strategic planning. I highly recommend working with Jan as a creative partner or communications resource. Her years of experience will surely benefit both parties.”

Victor Rodriguez, Creative Owner, Eurie Creative

“Jan helped me conceptualize my Web site, designed it, and helps me maintain it. The best compliment I can give her is that my clients think it's a great site that accurately reflects my company. Easy to work with, responsive, creative, supportive, flexible, and reasonably priced -- these all apply to Jan.”

Jan Andersen, President, Beyond Words Inc.

“Jan Underhill’s designs are crisp, creative and out-of-the box. Just take a look at her website for a great example of the kinds of innovative design you’ll get for your nonprofit organization or business. From big projects to small – and large format down to business cards – Jan brings a wealth of knowledge and an extensive history of proven performance to her work.”

Gretchen Johnson, WordPlay Marketing Communications

“Jan is an over-achiever for customer satisfaction. Not only can she provide solid design guidance and document preparation, she is also an excellent copy editor and consultant for marketing content. I would recommend her for any combination of marketing and/or print design needs.”

Patty Smetana, Owner, Howard Printing

“I just wanted to thank you for your help, good sense, and good taste. There are too many businesses around that will design a look for you according to their impressions of where you're at instead of listening to where you want to be and putting it together from there. You're not one of them!”

Jim Burman, James Burman Photographs

“Thanks for the fine job you did on this ad—the client was very complimentary and very, very happy!”

Oakley Sovereign, Sovereign Incorporated

“Jan created my MindProd logo, print identity pieces and my website. She lends a unique flair to her clients' requests for image materials - with a crisp graphic sense that's not overbearing. Her designs state who you are and what you do in a precisely packaged visual impact message - and it is amazing what she can do on a budget! I highly recommend Jan and J.R. Underhill Communications.”

Patrice Mindock, Mindock Productions

“Thank you for the prompt, professional layout of all of the projects we've given you! The hand-out materials are so well-done, and it really makes my job so much easier.”

Lynda Read, Director of Client Relations, Three Rivers Area Wellness Center