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Jason McDowell spent most of his life in central Iowa until that fateful day in the new millennium when he packed his bags, kissed his mother good bye, and headed up to school at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. While at MIAD he studied graphic design animation and illustration, which combined his love for art with his desire to call attention to important issues.

After graduating, he ultimately realized that Milwaukee is the place to be and has lived in no fewer than five neighborhoods throughout the city.

In his free time he enjoys riding his bicycles, discussing the finer points of typography, discovering new and unusual music and walking his 11-year-old Beagle named Frutiger.

Currently Jason works as the creative director and occasional blogger for OnMilwaukee. He can also often be found in the bike lanes, on the bike trails, or near a bike rack.



Recent Articles
 
 Marketplace - May 1, 2016
 Switching from an Apple iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy S7 because of one little app
 I've compiled the pros and cons of an Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S7 to give you an idea of what made the decision for me. In the end, it was a close call, but it was one seemingly small detail that wound up the deal-maker.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 9, 2016
 Without a doubt, Milwaukee needs a new flag
 It took 50 years for Milwaukee's citizenry to gather enough interest to attempt to tackle the project once more, but the design, which currently flies on our flag today also helped illustrate the definition of "Design by Committee."
 
 Arts & Entertainment - February 24, 2016
 Designers talking about Designers Talking: A chat with creator Nate Pyper
 The Designers Talking series is part residency, part gallery, and part conversation that seeks to connect thinkers, artists, and problem-solvers through discussion about interesting ideas and solutions through the lens of graphic communication.
 
 Sports - February 12, 2016
 Ride to Europe without leaving the state
 Wisconsin Bike Fed has organized three rides starting in mid-March to get you out of the gate and into the saddle as soon as possible, and they're cleverly modeled after the European Classics. These rides take to the back roads of Wisconsin and travel to Paris, Rome, Belgium and Denmark, all without leaving this beautiful state.
 
 Kids & Family - January 29, 2016
 Uno Throwdown: New rules in the house
 The creation of the game happened one night probably a decade ago. My younger brother, my then-girlfriend and I, drunk on coffee, began stuffing the rule book with variations. Since then I've never played an "official" game of Uno.
 
 Sports - December 16, 2015
 Cool on the ice: Admirals honored for best new sports logo of the year
 Partway through the Admirals' 2015-16 season, the team has had success on the ice and has now also garnered acclaim for its new brand. SportsLogos.net honored the Admirals for having the best new sports logo of the year.
 
 Buzz - November 2, 2015
 Santa Cycle Rampage goes from free to fee
 The Santa Cycle Rampage has been bringing joy via nearly 700 Santas, Mrs. Clauses, elves, Krampuses (and even a Menorah or two) to Milwaukee for 15 years, but while this ride has become as traditional as a Bing Crosby classic, this year the format is evolving. If you want to participate, you'll be expected to pay.
 
 Buzz - October 28, 2015
 7 Halloween costumes that can never be made sexy
 Sexy Halloween costumes. Some people love 'em. Some people hate 'em. Some people want Halloween to remain rooted in terror, while others love the inherent liberation in pretending to be something they're not (or something they wish they could be). There is a lot of chatter around the internet about which costumes SHOULD never be made sexy. But I'm telling you these costumes COULD never be made sexy...
 
 OnMilwaukee.com News - September 3, 2015
 Introducing the new OnMilwaukee logo
 As OnMilwaukee enters its 18th year, we are once again looking at how we do things, what we stand for, and how we can improve. And so we have unveiled a new logo to help steer us on a productive path.
 
 Living - July 25, 2015
 Take a lap with the Riverwest 24
 The Riverwest 24, a 24-hour bike races through the Riverwest neighborhood, enters its 8th year and welcomes 1,200 riders and several hundred volunteers. It's popularity has remained at something of a fever pitch despite the only prizes being ice sculptures with hot dogs inside.
 


Recent Podcasts
 
Music - May 7, 2008
 Shawn King talks about selling out to the McRib
OnMilwaukee.com reporter Jason McDowell chats with DeVotchKa drummer and trumpet player Shawn King about the dangers of selling music for commercial use.
Length: 00:07:33
 
Arts and Entertainment - April 17, 2007
 Interview with artist Jessica Bayliss
Jessica discusses how she got into animation, her recent projects, and how long it takes to film two minutes of stop motion. Jessica will be showing her work starting April 20, 2007.
Length: 00:19:20
 
Arts and Entertainment - April 5, 2007
 Interview with artist Katie Musolff
Katie Musolff, an artist & portrait painter is located in Bay View. In her interview we find out how the artist can support herself in the Milwaukee scene through teaching, portraits, religious iconography, and contests and still find time for her personal work.
Length: 00:21:20
 
Arts and Entertainment - January 19, 2007
 Interview with artist Neil Kloppenborg
Neil and Jason discuss Neil's new gallery showing on Gallery Night featuring his work from the last three years.
Length: 00:10:04