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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
 
 Arts & Entertainment - August 6, 2016
 Winning Riverwest neighborhood sign revealed at Center Street Daze
 The Riverwest Neighborhood Association (RNA) is set to release the winner of its neighborhood sign redesign competition at Center Street Daze at 11:30 a.m. The final three designs were submitted by David Arnevik, Helene Feider and Allison Waller.
 
 Sports - July 21, 2016
 Updated: In light of petition, Trek insists they want Ray's MTB to reopen
 When we asked Dave Schlabowske, the deputy director of the Wisconsin Bike Federation, about the potential purchase of Ray's MTB Park by the Bike Fed, the outlook was not so good.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 14, 2016
 Internationally recognized street artist MTO adds art to Oriental's wall
 European graffiti and street artist MTO is known for portraits of American music, movies and pop icons. He is bringing his grayscale paints to Milwaukee to help raise funds for The Black Cat Alley via a massive mural on the Oriental Theatre.
 
 Sports - June 18, 2016
 Adventure Rock opens new East Side location
 Adventure Rock opened the doors of its brand new East Side location on Saturday, June 18. As early as 1 a.m., dedicated climbers were waiting in line to set first chalky fingers on the dozens of new climbing routes spread out over 16,000 square feet.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - June 16, 2016
 Get your OnMilwaukee Bublr on
 From the very beginning, OnMilwaukee's been an advocate for bike sharing in greater Milwaukee. And today, we're super excited to jump on board in a new capacity. Yes, people, you can now ride your very own OnMilwaukee Bublr bike. So hop on!
 
 Arts & Entertainment - June 14, 2016
 The sun rises over Milwaukee as the People's Flag is revealed
 After more than 6,000 votes, the winner of the People's Flag of Milwaukee has been chosen by its citizens. The winning flag design was announced on June 14 at the 88.9 RadioMilwaukee headquarters. Find out why this design won and what happens next.
 
 Buzz - May 14, 2016
 The five People's Flag of Milwaukee finalists revealed
 Thoughts passed through my head like: This design is striking. Do these colors mean Milwaukee to me? What was this person thinking? How is this related to the city? I never would have picked these colors, but it's bold, so I think I like it. This one is bold but it misses the mark. I wonder if the final five can be as good as this one.
 
 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.
 


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