About Russ

stark•words
adverb
 (also stark•word)

1:  the direction to go for building brands: the team needed a creative resource with uncompromising work ethic, so they turned starkwords for help.


On any team, I’m a champion of simple ideas, collaboration, and strong creative work—all without letting ego get in the way. I make it my business to ensure that fun, optimism and possibilities prevail in the face of fear and mediocrity. I expect my teammates to do the same.

“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.”

–Groucho Marx

My work with a diverse group of talented colleagues has been recognized over 40 times by award competitions and publications, including:

One Show
Cannes
Communication Arts
Art Directors Club
The Show | Minnesota Ad Fed
Graphis Award-winning Television
Clio Awards
Webby Awards
Pixel Awards
FWA S.O.T.D. & Best 50
Print Regional Design
NYF WorldMedal
London International Awards
WMA WebAwards