Jason Mills, IDSA
Vice Chair, IDSA St. Louis Chapter (2016-present)
Education Co-Chair, IDSA St. Louis Chapter (2014-2016)
Jason Mills, IDSA, has enjoyed many years as a designer in various disciplines. Early in his career, he had experience as a production artist where he was exposed to digital reproduction and signage graphics. After graduation, an internship with Animagic Productions led to a position as a layout artist and animator for architectural visualization and character animation.
Mills then began working with PGAV Destinations, developing conceptual sketches and renderings, storyboards and physical models for a wide variety of exciting entertainment design projects for companies around the globe. He holds an MA in design management from Savannah College of Art and Design, a BFA in animation and visual effects from the Academy of Art University and an AAS degree in graphic communications/illustration from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, where he also has lectured and taught design as an adjunct professor.
What motivated him to become a designer? "It’s the thrill of creating something new; of constantly being challenged to invent," says Mills. "I would encourage the younger generation of aspiring designers to never lose sight of the passion that brings you into this profession. It's very easy to get caught up in the politics. Never forget why you love it!"
Mills initially served as educatoin co-chair of IDSA's St. Louis Chapter then became vice chair. "For me, it’s an opportunity to practice design leadership and networking within the St. Louis design community," he explains. "For all designers, it’s a chance to connect outside of our respective jobs to understand what the greater community is doing and get involved in a more meaningful way. To be simple, it’s inspiring to be a part of!"