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Russell Shaw

Art Director, Designer

Atlanta, GA, USA
Russell Shaw runs an independent design studio that focuses on playfulness, thinking before making, and seeing things through from start to finish.

His clients include Kid President, Porsche, Neenah Paper, AMC’s Breaking Bad, Target, The Atlanta Braves, and Tesla. In February 2015, Kid President’s Guide To Being Awesome made the New York Times Best-Seller List (Authors: Brad Montague and Robby Novak; Design and Illustration: Russell Shaw; Art Direction: Kristi Montague). In October 2015, he was one of seven young designers chosen to compete in Command X at AIGA’s 2015 national conference – a live, head-to-head design competition where the audience voted on each designer's work throughout the event – and finished as a finalist. In 2014, he illustrated Brilliant!, a children's book about adoption and hope, written by Matt Burgess. Today, he serves as a consulting art director for Dixon Rye, Serenbe, and ShootProof, freelance designs for agencies and brands, teaches Visual Design at General Assembly Atlanta and speaks on crafting visual brand identities.

Work Experience

Slack

Senior Communication Designer

As a senior designer on the communication design team, I tell the world about Slack through well-crafted and engaging experiences. I work to define and extend Slack’s visual language and illustration style across a wide range of projects including digital and web, print collateral, physical goods, event branding, logos, advertising, brochures, and other identity materials — from concept to production. I also work as a liaison with creative agencies to contribute to the development of large scale brand marketing campaigns.
March 2017 - Present San Francisco, California, United States

Russell Shaw

Art Director, Designer

I am an independent, multidisciplinary designer and illustrator in Atlanta. I am also a Visual Design instructor and speaker on brand identity at retreats and workshops throughout the year. In my work, I aim to apply a modern twist on old methods. I believe that great content makes design great over time, and not the other way around. I pursue a clean and sophisticated yet playful and human aesthetic.

Clients include: Kid President, SoulPancake, Porsche, Tesla, HarperCollins, Coca-Cola, Empire State South, The Atlanta Braves, Citizen Supply at Ponce City Market, GO! Experience Design, Serenbe, DesignArmy, Neenah Paper, AMC's "Breaking Bad", Uptown Treehouse, SweetWater Brewery, ATL Collective, Bearings, Unboundary, The W Atlanta – Midtown
January 2010 - Georgia, United States

General Assembly

Visual Design Instructor

I teach a twice-weekly, eight-week course, leading the students in each cohort through the principles of visual design, including typography, color theory, contrast/hierarchy, principles of gestalt, and use of industry-standard software to learn how to create professionally designed graphics and layouts. I also periodically teach workshops and bootcamps on graphic design subjects and training in graphic design software.
October 2015 - March 2017 Georgia, United States

Languages

English (Fluent),
Spanish (Conversational),

Awards

Print Magazine

Best In Class, Hand-Lettering (Typography Awards)

2017

Print Magazine

Regional Design Annual

2016

American Advertising Federation (AAF) - ADDY Awards

Silver

2016

Graphic Design USA

American Packaging Design Awards

2016

Print Magazine

Regional Design Annual

2015

HOW Design Magazine

Promotion and Marketing Awards

2015

Print Magazine

Regional Design Annual

2014

American Advertising Federation (AAF) - ADDY Awards

Gold, Silver and Bronze

2014

HOW Design Magazine

Promotion & Marketing Design Awards

2013

Creativity International Awards

Platinum Award, 43rd Creativity Print & Packaging Awards

2013

Graphic Design USA

American Graphic Design Award

2013

Photographer's Forum

Finalist, Best of Photography

2012

Photographer's Forum

Finalist, Best of Photography

2010

Photographer's Forum

Finalist, Best of Photography

2008

Skills

Adobe After Effetcts, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro , Art Direction, Branding, Copywriting, Creative Direction, CSS, Fine Art, HTML, Illustration, InVision, Mailchimp, Messaging, Naming, Photography, Social Media, Squarespace, Strategy, Video, WordPress,