"Jill is a gifted writer, editor and big-picture thinker. She is smart, talented, conscientious and a joy to work with. She is the ideal collaborator; she 'gets it'. Jill would be part of any dream team I would ever create. Regardless of what it is--magazine article, book text, press release--she dives in, intuits what's needed, turns it around, and delivers it on time and on budget. What she creates always exceeds expectations.
Jill has been the 'voice" for many people. Designers, editors and marketers flock to her because of her ability to animate their vision and ideas with clarity and intelligence. She makes us, and our projects, sound exactly as we hoped and envisioned, only better. She is particularly gifted in the area of product development and emerging concepts, taking barely formed thoughts and ideas, and shaping, editing and rewriting them to create a clear, cohesive, elegant narrative. Frankly, it feels like magic.
She is warm, funny and engaging. Working with Jill isn't work, it's really an illuminating, entertaining exchange of ideas and insights.
--Kim Agnew, Founder, Blue Sky; Branding Manager and TV Style Editor, Martha Stewart LivingOmnimedia; Director of Advertising and Public Relations, Polo Ralph Lauren Home Collection; Decorating Editor, Glamour Magazine
As editor-in-chief at American HomeStyle magazine and at GoodHome.com, I thought of Jill Simpson as the reader's advocate. She doesn't take good design for granted. She's curious and tenacious in her search for answers. No trim, color combination, sofa stuffing or thread count goes unnoticed. Jill takes delight in making sense of why our surroundings are so much a part of who we are and what it takes to make a home. And she's a gifted, natural storyteller.
--Doug Turshen, creative director of Doug Turshen Design; editor-in-chief of American Homestyle Magazine; creative director of GoodHome.com
"I've hired Jill as a writer at both Martha Stewart and, for the past five years, at Country Living. That is a testimonial to her ability as a writer and a professional to adapt her skills and message to the particular assignment and brand. Jill is a wonderful writer. Her voice is accessible and literate: in short, a pleasure to read. She is also a wonderful collaborator. She always listens to the direction, voices her concerns when she has them and contributes original ideas all toward the end of making the assignment/story the best it can be. As a writer she really listens, because she wants to get the assignment right, for the client as well as the audience. And she is always available for rewrites and follow-up as the project requires (though rarely necessary since she devotes herself to getting it right the first time). She also has a vast knowledge of the shelter category and design history, so once the assignment is made she requires no hand holding or supervision. I recommend her work highly."
--Charlotte Barnard, Creative/Marketing Director at Nemo Tile; Deputy Editor, Country Living magazine; Copy Director, Martha Stewart Omnimedia
"I am a stylist, producer and author who always has the right picture to tell my story, but not always the right words. Jill Simpson, whom I have worked with on many magazine and book projects over the last twelve years, always helps me put my best foot forward in saying what I want to say thoughtfully, succinctly and stylishly. Her experience gives my work an additional layer of authority and interest, and I never have to worry about how to get my 'how to' content across to the reader in a way that is exciting and engaging. I work with Jill often because there is no one that translates my thoughts into prose better than her."
--Matthew Mead, author, creative director, editor and stylist for numerous books and magazines
"Jill’s passion for home design and her way with words make her the “go to” person when one needs a narrative or interpretation of visual imagery turned into a compelling story. I’ve worked with Jill on a few of my books as well as on various magazine editorials over the years and she is a pleasure to work with. Her focus, professionalism and enthusiasm for her projects are always appreciated and her network of colleagues and sources is an added bonus. Her experience writing lifestyle books and for all the best shelter magazines shows and working with Jill is always enjoyable and inspirational. I recommend her highly."
--Tricia Foley, interior designer and author of six design books