“If you’re 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.
“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.
American Graphic Design
American Packaging Design
Graphic Arts Magazine
Against the Grain
The Communicator Awards
Editorial Design Served
AIGA Portfolio Gallery
CLIENTS + COLLABORATORS
Empire State South
The Atlanta Braves
Citizen Supply at Ponce City Market
GO! Experience Design
AMC's "Breaking Bad"
The W Atlanta – Midtown
Print Magazine, RDA 2015
HOW Magazine, Fall 2015
Print Magazine, RDA 2014
GDUSA, Multiple Issues
HOW Magazine, Fall 2013
GROUPS + ORGANIZATIONS
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
A more complete listing of links to press pieces, articles, and current press releases is available 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.