These Are Things

PURVEYORS of FINE ARTISAN GOODS

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Hi! We're Jen and Omar, a design and illustration duo based in columbus, ohio. These Are Things is an ongoing creative experiment with a simple goal: to make things we love.


Our Story

We met in art school. After graduation, we spent a cold Ohio winter designing a modern map to help visualize our future travels. When the first edition of 50 silkscreen prints sold out instantly, we asked ourselves a big question:

What if we could make a living by making art?

For the past five years, we’ve been doing just that. After the debut of our first Modern World Map, we designed a complete collection of city, state, and world map art prints. Since 2010, we've sold tens of thousands of maps to customers in all 50 states and over 40 countries.

Today, we’re experimenting with new ways to make things. Starting in April, we’re challenging ourselves to make a new limited edition art object every day for 100 days. During this project, no idea, process, or subject will be off limits. This new collection is a celebration of the creative process and an experimental exploration of the future of These Are Things.

When we’re not designing products, we’re collaborating with some of our favorite brands on illustration projects ranging from icons and editorial pieces to custom maps and infographics. We’ve had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of clients including AFAR Magazine, Airbnb, McDonald's, and more.

As we navigate the world of art and business, we’re committed to sharing our journey, documenting every detail on our blog and Instagram. In 2014, we partnered with New York Times bestselling author Chris Guillebeau to write Designed To Sell, a comprehensive guide to the process of selling art online. We also enjoy sharing our experiences through talks and workshops.

Outside the studio, you can find us lifting weights, playing video games, planning our next big trip, or hanging out with our cats, Will and Dill.

Thanks for stopping by!

J + O

Daily updates on Instagram: JenOmarStudio

Clients

3M
AARP
Adobe
AFAR Magazine
Airbnb
Allstate
American Greetings
Burger King
Epicurious
HOW Magazine
McDonald's
Sincerely
Spirit Magazine
T. Rowe Price
The Cosmopolitan
Transamerica
+ more


PRESS

The $100 Startup
99U
Adobe Inspire
Apartment Therapy
Awwwards Annual
Cereal Magazine

Design*Sponge
HOW Magazine
NYLON
Pencil vs Pixel
Print Magazine
+ more


Stockists

Design Public
Fab
Hautelook

Joss & Main
Nordstrom
The Land of Nod
Touch of Modern
+ more