Rich Cole Design


Hello. I’m Rich Cole. I’m an art director, graphic designer, events coordinator, and social media manager with nearly 20 years experience in communications, marketing, and publishing.

From 2006–2012, I was the senior designer at The University of Chicago. While with their in-house creative group, Chicago Creative Communications (3C), the goal was to elevate the brand of the university through smart, thoughtful communications that focused on the unique intellectual experience that one has while being part of a rich academic community. As senior graphic designer, my work was diverse. I was given the freedom to garner and maintain client relationships, hire and mentor fellow designers, and help foster brilliant ideas into reality through teams of designers, writers, editors, and programmers. Prior to 3C, I was a designer at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where we created and maintained a top brand for one of the most sought-after MBA programs in the world.

My background also includes an eight-year career in publishing. I've produced everything from monthly publications and magazines to marketing communications, trade show displays, annual reports, and promotions.

And finally, I'm highly involved in Chicago's music scene. I'm a successful DJ, but I also consult on promoting events, social media campaigns, and marketing. I've done everything from performing at clubs, weddings, and festivals to fundraising management, event promotion, and communications.

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I’m Rich Cole. Art director, graphic designer, events coordinator, and social media manager specializing in branding, marketing, print & digital communications, and publishing. My clients range from academic to corporate, local restaurants & hospitality events, and Chicago's vibrant music, theater, and arts communities.

My background includes six years as senior designer at The University of Chicago & Booth School of Business, and the University continues to be a client to this day. Prior to that, I was an art director in publishing for nearly ten years, designing monthly publications, annual reports, marketing communications, trade show booths, and large format displays.

Do you have a project you'd like to get started? Send an email. Say hello!


Clients include:

The University of Chicago
Division of Social Sciences
Harris School of Public Policy
Chicago Center on Democracy
Harris Cyber Policy Initiative
Division of the Humanities
Student Health and Counseling Services
Campus and Student Life
Social Science Research Center
Ada S. McKinley Community Services
Jones Lang LaSalle
One Design
Pearl’s Southern Comfort
Toons Bar & Grill
Beck’s Chicago
Baconfest Chicago