“You can talk about it, or you can be about it.” Spend enough time with Russell Toynes, and you’ll hear these words. He has many mantras, but this one is his manifesto. A man of many hats, a father, husband, small business owner, creative director, design educator, mentor, and community leader, Russell walks it how he talks it.
Russell and his wife Elizabeth started Studio Dzo in 2016 with one goal in mind, to disrupt the sign industry by putting excellent service and thoughtful design front and center. Based in Austin, TX, Studio Dzo designs elevated experiences through branding, wayfinding, and architectural signage. Above all, Studio Dzo prioritizes good work with good people, a mission that has built lasting relationships with its partners. They have delivered work for Indeed, Whole Foods Market, RetailMeNot, Dell Technologies, The Boys and Girls Club, Neighborhood Goods, Spare Birdie Public House, Cute Nail Studio, and a long list of architecture firms, interior design agencies, and small businesses.
Russell shares his knowledge and expertise with design students as an Adjunct Professor at Austin Community College. His passion for his community is manifested further in his dedication to supporting Black designers as a founding member of African American Graphic Designers (AAGD.co), a professional organization and community for Black creatives to be voices of change in the industry.
Embracing the box. Finding opportunities within boundaries.
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Day 1: October 3
Alex Center • Maureen Raisch • Nadya Okamoto • Jeremy Mickel • Nermin Moufti • Jose Canales • Lope Gutierrez-Ruiz & Michu Benaim S. • Nhi Nguyen • Abraham Lule • Leo Porto & Felipe Rocha
Day 2: October 4