WORDS BY JEN is a full-service graphic design and creative services company located in Branford, Connecticut. For more than 25 years, we have worked hand-in-hand with local businesses, organizations, and creative professionals to develop effective communications, both in print and online.

Since 1993, our philosophy has remained the same: marketing doesn't have to be complicated. With the right words, a clear message, and good design, you'll get the results you want from your promotional efforts. It's that simple.

Please scroll down and take a look around, then give us a call. Let's see what Words by Jen can do for you!

Kind regards, signature

Words by Who?

Words by Jen came to life over coffee at the Copper Kitchen on Chapel Street in New Haven. The year was 1993, and Jen Payne's goal was to offer comprehensive creative services to folks who needed help promoting themselves. Her first clients included a rock band, a fashion designer, a massage therapist, and a local environmental group. Since then, that intention of one-stop-shopping has grown to include a full menu of services.

Her clients will tell you that her greatest strength is her ability to synthesize their goals and ideas into effective results. Whether writing talking points for a high-profile politician, designing an award-winning book for a local author, or helping an entrepreneur market her new business, Jen thoughtfully partners with her clients in their efforts to do good work and to be successful.

Jen is enthusiastic about her clients' projects, supportive of their efforts, and always on-hand to consult, advise, and collaborate. She genuinely cares about you and your own intentions.

Jen cares about her community, too. You can see this in her long-standing commitment to local organizations like the Branford Land Trust and the Branford Compassion Club. She feels blessed to have been supported by her community through the years, and believes that the best response is to give back as much and as often as she can.

What We Do?

Words by Jen has provided full-service graphic design & creative services since 1993, including:

The Fan Club

My graphics person, Jen Payne, can get this together because she is AWESOME and can do anything including leap tall buildings in a single bound.

- Attorney

Many thanks for the amazing job you did on my last book as my Production Editor! So glad you will be in charge of the production of my next two books!

- Author, Advice Columnist

How lucky am I to have someone like you to put such polish on my words?

– Landscape Designer

Thank you, Jen, Madam Wordsmith, webmistress, and purveyor of good cheer. You rock and you roll.

- Political Candidate

You have been such a huge help. Thanks for making it feel like I have extra hours in my day!

– Nonprofit Program Coordinator

Perfect example of giving Jen a bunch of words, and they come out looking like art!

– Nonprofit Board Member

I knew when I asked for your editing help that you would make the words sing. What I didn't know was that you would also make them dance!

– Author, Marketing & Public Relations Specialist

We planted the seeds and you made it bloom.

– Nonprofit Book Committee

Thanks for your time, your help, your tolerance and your outright good service.

– Longtime Client

Click the Read More arrow for Words by Jen’s professional acknowledgements and award-winning projects!


More Words

In an alternate universe, Jen is a writer, artist, and author of the blog Random Acts of Writing. She has written and published four books — LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness (2014), Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind (2017), FLOSSING (2019), and Waiting Out the Storm (2019) — under the imprint of Three Chairs Publishing.

She is a member of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Connecticut Poetry Society, Guilford Arts Center, the Guilford Poets Guild, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

For news from Random Acts of Writing or Three Chairs Publishing, sign up for one of our regular eblasts.



Keep In Touch

P.O. Box 453, Branford, CT 06405
Phone/Fax: (203) 483-5353
Email: wordsbyjen @ comcast.net
Click here to sign up for our enewsletters and print postcard campaigns.

Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Please add 3% to your invoice total to cover bank transaction fees.

The Fine Print

Words by Jen(sm) is a registered service mark. All content on this website is copyrighted ©2017.

The Words by Jen logo is a collaborative effort between local artists Martha Link Walsh and Pamela LaRegina.

Jen's photo by Christine Chiocchio. Other artwork and photography on the site is copyrighted by Jen Payne, unless otherwise noted.