Graphic Design

Jay has produced dozens of promotional pieces for various businesses. A self-taught graphics designer, he has frequently used his photographic skills as a starting point for many pieces. His work frequently expresses the same sort of humor that made him a professional comedian. Jay’s promotional photography has also been seen in the Denver Post, the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the Fort Collins Coloradoan, and the Longmont Times-Call.

Pieces designed completely by Jay:

Maximum Comedy branding – the pieces were created by Jay for his company Maximum Comedy which brought nationally-touring comedians into 4 different cities in Northern Colorado.MC_Logo-1600x1200

The logo for Maximum Comedy.


A 4×6 postcard. The piece was offset printed, but the bottom white strip was left empty, allowing customization of that space on an inkjet printer.


This piece was used on the Maximum Comedy website and features Jay’s photography of comedians in performance inside the same “bean” used for the Maximum Comedy logo.



Jay produced this ad for the back cover of the Colorado Eagles Hockey Season Brochure.

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Ticket Design for Maximum Comedy

Art Direction for Bas Bleu Theatre Company 2015-16 Season

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Jay was art director for the 2015-16 Season branding. He chose a fairly novel unifying theme of shades of red (particularly for a theatre called “Bas Bleu”). The use of differing fonts was also a new approach (for the theater) Jay chose for that season, using the immediate identification customers have with fonts as a major design element. Illustrations and layout by Audrey Ancell.

Poster for Beckett’s Women

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This piece was a major Photoshop exercise, using a public domain photo of Samuel Beckett (right) and other existing photography to very quickly create a branding for a world premier of a piece.

Promotional Material for The Acting Company in Loveland (a non-profit theater company)


Theatrical Poster for Arsenic and Old Lace. Photography by Jay Benedict Brown.


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Theatrical Poster – photography and all design by Jay Benedict Brown


Theatrical Poster – Art Direction by Jay Benedict Brown


Theatrical Poster – Photography and Design by Jay Benedict Brown


Theatrical Poster – Art Direction and Model by Jay Benedict Brown

Promo for a readers’ theater program. Starting from photography, then Photoshop to process.

This piece was provided by the producer, but Jay needed something tighter for direct mail.


Photoshop to cut and move roses closer to eyes.



Jay created this piece from his photography of comedian Dale Jones. Dale used it as the header for his website for a number of years. Dale was a semi-finalist on season 6 of the hit NBC series Last Comic Standing.

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Jay used his candid photography of the Comedy Brewers to create the montage used for branding for the Comedy Brewers. The lower piece was used for a Facebook Event Post for a Halloween show.

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This piece was a major Photoshop effort to cut the showgirl out of other photos to create this look for promoting “The Will Rogers Follies.” Used in mass media press releases, email marketing, website, and Facebook posts.

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A photographic montage with graphics overlay, created from Jay’s candid photography for “Bye, Bye, Birdie” theatrical production. Appeared in 2 different regional newspapers and multiple entertainment websites.

Edgar Allan Poe

A promotional piece for a musical Jay started to write a long time ago. Once again, humor is an overriding design element.

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Jay’s promotional photography for “Bye, Bye Birdie”


Full-page ad in Lydia’s Style Magazine – Art Direction by Jay Benedict Brown

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Postcard piece design by Jay Benedict Brown, using his staged photography.



Graphic designed to resemble the logo of “Survivor”. This was used as branding for a stand-up comedy contest Jay managed for 4 years.

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Facebook and website slide in under 30 minutes using stock photography.


Trifold Interior

Centerfold of a tri-fold sales brochure for a sales program at Wit’s End Comedy Club.