Franchec Crespo & Adrianne Hawthorne


  • Polishing the Jargon


Polishing the Jargon stemmed from our mutual distain of corporate jargon, along with a serious need to vent. If one were to spend enough time in a corporate environment, a multitude of these vague and utterly meaningless phrases can and will be heard over conference calls, in boardrooms and throughout hallways. Ironically, this “thinking outside the box” approach has lead our imaginations to utilize typography to, in essence, “polish these turds.” We decided to take it one step further by using retired briefcases as our canvas, which could have very well been used by a contributor to these overly used representations. Enjoy our little nuggets of “synergy.”


Franchec Crespo and Adrianne Hawthorne are Chicago-based visual designers as well as good friends. They first met at work in 2012 and have since explored the design world together. Although they no longer work together in their 9:00 to 5:00s, the duo’s passion for design has contributed to many collaborations in the past few years.

Franchec, although born in Puerto Rico, eventually moved to the Midwest where she has called Chicago her home for over 18 years. Franchec is a multidisciplinary designer who specializes in UI/UX and Illustration. She currently works full time at the digital agency Critical Mass, in addition to studying for her master’s degree in New Media Studies at DePaul University. When she’s not at work or in school, you’ll find Franchec traveling and working on creative photography collaborations with her husband.

Adrianne was proudly born and raised in Chicagoland. She received her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from Columbia College an unnamed number of years ago. She currently works as a UX designer at the non-profit Organizing for Action. When not at work, Adrianne freelances, dreams up new personal side projects, and mentors young designers in the AIGA Mentor Program. Adrianne can usually be found hunting for vintage furniture and home accessories, traveling, and spending time with her two kitties, Flip and Sweet Pea.


Vintage briefcases hung from wall hooks in a 3 × 3 grid
Approximately 72 × 72 inches