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New York, NY 10011

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Biography/Work Experience

Creative Director in New York City with over 18 years of experience developing award-winning print, digital, branding, advertising, mobile, and integrated campaigns for clients in a wide range of industries — from startups to global corporations. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, my first moment of creativity came at age five when I taught myself how to draw Garfield. As a student at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning I interned for Michael Bierut at Pentagram in New York and for Clement Mok at Studio Archetype in San Francisco. I then built my career at Addison in New York, rising to a leadership position. Hungry to learn, I freelanced for several years to explore the industry and continue growing. I'm now Creative Director at Superunion leading engagements to build and transform global brands. As a multidisciplinary graphic designer, I bring an idea‑driven approach to leading creative teams in strategic communication design across platforms for such clients as Google, AT&T, PepsiCo, Ford, Honeywell, Pfizer, MasterCard, GE, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Aramark, Stanley Black & Decker, Merck, HP, McGraw‑Hill, CA Technologies, Qualcomm, and many more. My work has been recognized by the AIGA, Type Directors Club, FWA, Print, HOW, Communication Arts, has won more than 100 awards… and in one case went viral on Twitter. I still draw Garfield quite often. www.rickslusher.com

Graphis Appearances

- Profiled and interviewed in Graphis Best 100 Annual Reports 2012


------------------------------------------------- RECOGNITION - Profiled and interviewed in Graphis Best 100 Annual Reports 2012 - Guest lecturer at Columbia University - Winner of Fast Company Co.Design Inception Infographic Contest - GDUSA's "2010 People To Watch" - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Permanent Collection - Washington, DC - AIGA Design Archives, Denver Art Museum - Denver, CO - Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Exhibitions 2003-2014 - Hamburg, Germany - Work featured on Good Morning America - Communication Arts Feature Article 2009 - Interviewed in PDN Magazine, 2009 - Work featured in The Complete Graphic Designer: A Guide to Understanding Graphics and Visual Communication by Ryan Hembree - Work featured in Color: Messages and Meanings by Leatrice Eiseman - HOW Feature Article 1999 ------------------------------------------------- SELECT AWARDS - Graphis Design Annual 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 - Graphis Poster Annual 2016 - HOW International Design Awards 2015 - GDUSA American Web Design Awards 2014 - ARC Awards 2003-2014 (Grand Awards 2013, 2010) - The Stevie Awards 2014, 2008 - Communication Arts Design Annual 2013 - Type Directors Club TDC59 Awards 2013 - AI-AP International Motion Art Awards 2013 - LACP Vision Awards 2013 - PR News CSR Awards 2013 - Graphis 100 Best Annual Reports 2012, 2011 (Platinum Award), 2010, 2008 - FPO Awards 2012 - AIGA 365 | Design Effectiveness 2011 - FWA (Favourite Website Awards) - Mobile of the Day 2011 - PRINT Regional Design Annual 2011, 2009 - Pixel Awards 2011 - GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards 2011, 2010 (Judge), 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 - Mohawk Show 11 2010 - STEP Inside Design 100, Readers’ Choice Winner 2009 - Black Book AR 100 2008, 2007 - Creativity Annual 38, 37, 36, 35, 34 - International Photography Awards, First Place 2006 - MerComm Galaxy, Mercury, Astrid, and iNOVA Awards - Critique, Big Crit Critic's Award 1998 - IDSA (Interior Designers Society of America) IDEA Award 1998

Graphis Awards

- Graphis Design Annual 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 - Graphis Logo Design 2017 - Graphis Poster Annual 2016 - Graphis 100 Best Annual Reports 2012, 2011 (Platinum Award), 2010, 2008


University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning Cincinnati, OH Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design Magna Cum Laude, 1999


Google, Ford, Microsoft, Campari, PepsiCo, HP, Pfizer, AT&T, Honeywell, MasterCard, GE, Verizon, General Mills, Merck, Qualcomm, Goldman Sachs, Stanley Black & Decker, CA Technologies, Aramark, McGraw‑Hill, Johnson & Johnson, and many more


- AIGA - Art Directors Club

Area of Expertise

creative direction, art direction, graphic design

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