Design + Illustration


If youre doing it because it’s a job and you want to go home and do something else, don’t do it, because nobody needs what you’re going to make.” — Paula Scher



A multidisciplinary designer and illustrator living in Atlanta, Russell has collaborated with brands like Coca-Cola, Neenah Paper, Porsche, HarperCollins, and Tesla, and served as designer and illustrator for Kid President’s Guide To Being Awesome (written by Brad Montague and Robby Novak), which made the New York Times bestseller list in February 2015. Currently, he is the branding designer for Dixon Rye, consulting art director for Serenbe, designer for several agency partners and new brands, and a Visual Design instructor at General Assembly's Atlanta campus in Ponce City Market. In 2014, he illustrated Brilliant!,  a children's book about adoption and hope, written by Matt Burgess. Russell pursues a clean and sophisticated yet playful and human aesthetic.

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“The development of a more critical, analytical relation to our subject is both inevitable and necessary. To grow as a discipline and as individual designers, we need to devote ourselves not just to the art of making, but also to the art of thinking.” — The Standardistas

Select Awards + Recognition

New York Times: On February 22, 2015, Kid President’s Guide To Being Awesome, written by Brad Montague and Robby Novak, made the New York Times Best-Seller List, Children’s Middle-Grade. It remained on the Best-Seller List for five consecutive weeks. Role: Designer and Illustrator. (Art Director: Kristi Montague. Creative Director: SoulPancake.)

Command X participant and finalist, 2015 AIGA Conference: In October 2015, I was one of seven young, up-and-coming designers chosen from around the nation to participate in Command X – a live, head-to-head design competition held at the 2015 AIGA Conference in New Orleans where the audience voted on each designer's work and presentation every day throughout the conference – and finished as a finalist in the last round.

Print Magazine's Regional Design Annual. Featured in 2014 and 2015.

HOW Design Promotion and Marketing Awards. 2013 (Two-time Merit Winner) and 2015 (Merit Winner).

Neenah Classic Future: In June 2015, Neenah Paper’s Classic Future campaign recognized Russell as one of seven emerging designers, selecting him to represent Atlanta as an up-and-coming city for design.

ADDY Awards, Atlanta Advertising Club. 2014: Gold and Silver Awards, and 2016: Silver Award.

Social Good Design Awards (RGD, Toronto): In 2013, Registered Graphic Designers (Toronto) recognized Russell's work in Social Good Design at DesignThinkers’ annual conference and in an accompanying publication.



The Dieline


Paste Magazine

American Graphic Design

American Packaging Design



Graphic Arts Magazine

Against the Grain


Creativity International

The Communicator Awards

Creative Quarterly

Branding Served

Editorial Design Served


AIGA Portfolio Gallery

Wacom Gallery

Pantone Gallery

Photographer's Forum


Kid President





Empire State South

The Atlanta Braves

Citizen Supply at Ponce City Market

Oakblue Kitchen


GO! Experience Design



Neenah Paper

AMC's "Breaking Bad"

Uptown Treehouse

Plywood People

SweetWater Brewery


ATL Collective



The W Atlanta – Midtown



Print Magazine, RDA 2015

HOW Magazine, Fall 2015

Print Magazine, RDA 2014

GDUSA, Multiple Issues

HOW Magazine, Fall 2013

RGD, Toronto

Serbin Communications

Plywood People


CYPI Press




Member, Art Directors Club

Member, Type Directors Club

Member, AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists), Atlanta Chapter

Committee, AIGA Atlanta Programming + Affinity

Member, Museum of Design Atlanta

Young Professional Member, High Museum of Art Atlanta

Online Press

A more complete listing of links to press pieces, articles, and current press releases is available here.


"Culture fit" is important to me. See a few priorities here.

“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” — Saul Bass


This site is built on and managed with Squarespace as it's CMS. The titling typography, Helvetica Neue, is (of course) by Linotype, and the body copy typography, Lora, designed by Cyreal, is thanks to the Google Fonts program.

The bee- and anchor-pattern notebooks in the header photograph are by Sesame Letterpress in Brooklyn (if you like the notebooks, support the press). The edition of Fitzgerald's Flappers and Philosophers shown is the Penguin Classics hardback designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith; I included it because it is possibly the greatest thing I've ever read, and, because the amazing cover design reminds me that I still have a lot of learning to do.

The Paula Scher quote came by way of The Great Discontent; the quote from The Standardistas came by way of their article in Issue #1 of The Manual; and the Saul Bass quote is one of those ubiquitous things that all graphic designers seem to pass around, yet I personally have no idea where it really came from or if he ever even really said it, but I trust that he did, and find it an inspiring attitude nonetheless.