About Us


This project represents the next step in a career which has evolved from working as a carpenter, to being a residential building contractor and most recently a real estate asset manager.

After concluding a very successful business deal, John witnessed at first hand how the best personal financial advice is outdone by impulses and old habits related to money. Searching for a way to help people deal sanely with such an important aspect of their lives, he came across the story of The Three Jars. It struck him as a simple and effective way to teach children basic values and ideas related to money, but one that needed to be reinvented as an interactive toy.

John lives in Connecticut with his wife and two dogs, happily — through car, phone, and email — never too far away from their children and grandchildren.

Art Director/Designer

Alex earned a BFA in Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts and later taught Graphic Design portfolio to undergrad seniors there. To create the façades, blueprints, signage, passbook, packaging, website, and marketing materials for this project, he had to call upon his multi-diciplined experience of over 20 years in the field.

Alex has worked for small design studios — Alexander Isley Design, Parham Santana, Best Design incorporated — and huge corporations — Spy Magazine, Time Inc., and Victoria's Secret. His work has been widely recognized with accolades and featured commentary in several publications.

He current works at the design studio he founded in 2015, ACNE Design LLC


Born in Hong Kong and raised in Philadelphia, Jannie moved to New York to study at Parsons The New School of Design, earning a BFA in illustration. After working as a graphic designer and an art director at many fun places such as Nickelodeon, Scholastic, and TIME Magazine for Kids, she decided that illustration was her true calling. Jannie now specializes in illustrating for the children's market, with her work appearing in both trade and educational books, magazines, toys, crafts and digital media.

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