Jason Ackley


Jason Ackley
Adjunct Instructor

BFA Graphic Design, University of Illinois Chicago

Jason Ackley’s professional design career spans thirty years, the majority spent at Chicago-based financial research firm Morningstar. Starting as a product designer, his work centered around systems of data visualization and narrative constructs for publication design and digital experiences that helped bring clarity to complex financial information for investors. Over time his role shifted to marketing and brand design, ultimately becoming the Creative Director for a multidisciplinary team responsible for producing integrated campaigns and global brand programs. Today Jason is the Head of Design for Morningstar Sustainalytics, an international business division of Morningstar that delivers holistic data and research solutions in the institutional space, focused on sustainable investing.

In addition to his undergraduate studies at UIC, Jason attended the Basel School of Design’s summer typography workshops with Wolfgang Weingart and completed the Yale School of Management’s Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders program sponsored by AIGA, the professional association for design.

His work has received recognition by the AIGA and the Society of Typographic Arts (STA), including entry into the permanent Chicago Design Archive.