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Company Name

Russell Shaw Design

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Graphis Archives

Biography/Work Experience

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.

Philosophy on Work

Russell pursues a clean and sophisticated yet playful and human aesthetic.

Professional Specialties

Art Direction, Branding, Typography, Graphic Design, Illustration


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.

Proudest Achievements

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.


Kid President, SoulPancake, Porsche, Tesla, HarperCollins, Empire State South, The Atlanta Braves, Citizen Supply at Ponce City Market, Oakblue Kitchen, Coca-Cola, GO! Experience Design, Serenbe, DesignArmy, Neenah Paper, AMC's "Breaking Bad", Uptown Treehouse, Plywood People, SweetWater Brewery, ShootProof, ATL Collective, Bearings Guide, Unboundary, The W Atlanta – Midtown


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