Rusty Design Co. is a Chicago-born-and-bred creative practice keen on working with local businesses, creative entrepreneurs, and mission-driven organizations to craft meaningful brands that inform, delight, and have a positive impact on their communities. Design may not be able to change the world all on its own, but it can shape the culture for the better.
Visual Identity, Logo Design, Brand Development, Print Collateral, Illustration, Art Direction, Naming
Typeforce VI, HOW Design, The Dieline, Good Magazine, Design Sponge, Design Work Life
AIGA Small Talk at Sprout Social (2015), AIGA Loyola University (2014), Weapons of Mass Creation (2014)
Rusty Cook holds a BA in Art + Design from DePaul University, and is an alum of SVA’s Impact! Design for Social Change residency, as well as the Chicago Portfolio School. They’ve worked with Knoed Creative, Sprout Social, and a handful of Chicago’s small businesses and creative leaders. Rusty has also volunteered with many community initiatives around town including Creative Mornings, EPIC, Moving Design, and the AIGA Mentor Program.
Quality over quantity.
Process over product.
Put your skills where your values are.
Always be learning.
Hound dogs, jean shorts, critical thinkers, queer culture, storytelling, vintage ephemera, performance art, creative challenges, playful banter.
Public art intervention, queer feminist media project, experimental theater, small press publisher, grassroots political campaign, gallery exhibition.