Jeff Yerkey, President and Creative Director of Yerkey Design, brings a remarkable breadth and depth of experience to every project. Jeff was hands-on in the Internet at its first developing years, and with San Francisco at the epicenter of the Internet boom, he was involved with many of the formative issues and companies of the commercial development of the web. As a web designer and art director, Jeff has the background to understand and integrate the specialized skills of site architecture, user experience, mobile and brand integration, search experience, SEO, and more.
Jeff’s expertise in design for law firms dates back to Orrick and other clients in 1986. Recent global website projects that Jeff has helmed include Pillsbury Winthrop, Fried Frank, K&L Gates, Keker & Van Nest, Waller, Miller & Chevalier, Foley Hoag, to name a few.
Jeff is also deeply experienced in print design and he has extensive experience in graphic design for the architecture, high-tech, and publishing fields. His work has appeared in HOW and Print’s Regional Design Annual.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Jeff began designing 30 years ago as an editorial designer for The Lansing Star and he later served as a multimedia designer and producer at Studio Arts in Louisville, Kentucky. While there, he designed and produced creative for accounts, including Coca-Cola, General Electric, Ford Motor Company, and KFC. In 1996 he then founded Charette Communication Design, Inc. A design and web studio, Charette’s representative clients included DLA Piper, Shearman & Sterling, Skadden, Chronicle Books, and 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios.
He is frequently called on as a public speaker and has participated in speaking engagements at the Bay Area Legal Marketing Association, the ALA, Computer Arts Institute, and University of California at Berkeley. He has been a three-time judge for the Bay Area Legal Marketing Association “Your Honor” Awards and is currently web design chair for the 2015 LMA Technology Conference/West.
Jeff is an active member of the Bay Area and National Legal Marketing Association, Graphic Artists Guild, and can be found on various blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. He is currently on JD Supra’s Top 100 Legal Twitter Influencers.