30x30spacer Rick Atwood. Creative Direction. Design Management. Advertising & Print. Branding & Strategy. Digital. Naming & Identity. Packaging. Event Graphics. Style Guidelines.

After many years working for top design and advertising agencies I started Atwood Design Studio because I was ready to upend the “me-too-ness” that envelops us — the mountains of generic marketing and design. The work I now do in partnership with my clients aims to make a dent in the universe by thoughtfully and strategically breaking a few rules, for all the right reasons.

My clients and experience have spanned a wide range of industries and projects. For Westfield, the world’s largest retail property group, I helped reposition and revitalize over a dozen ultra-premium shopping centers. Disney tapped me to help them enter and disrupt the $160 billion wedding business with the Disney promise of quality, sans the “mouse”. Dominican University of California brought me in to revamp their branding to stand out in an increasingly competitive private education marketplace. Napa County California hired me to create their first comprehensive design guidelines including redesigning the official County Seal. In Las Vegas, I worked with the Venetian Resort and Casino to create their overall property positioning, including the advertising and marketing efforts for the Guggenheim and Hermitage Museums located within. In the technology sector, I spearheaded the global design and branding efforts for the “Intel Inside” processor marketing program, now the textbook case study for ingredient branding.

All these programs have this in common: what I produced broke through the clutter, dramatically increased awareness, market share and revenue. I have worked with a who’s who of industries and brands including The American Heart Association, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Pepsico, Cisco Systems, Intel, Kraft Foods, Kia Motors, Sempra Energy, The Clorox Companies, The Venetian Resort and Casino, Versace, and dozens of others.

I’ve taught advanced design and advertising classes at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and although I now live in Los Angeles, I work with clients all across the country.

Follow my daily visual inspiration on Instagram, and view a larger body of my work on Behance.


“Rick led us painlessly on our journey to a new seal and overall look for Napa County that is classic yet modern. We got exactly what we were looking for in terms of the product, and much more than we hoped for in terms of customer service and guidance. It was a pleasure to work with the team.”

— Elizabeth Emmett
Public Information Officer, Napa County, California

“Rick is impeccable. His judgment is spot on and he provides flawless service at the speed of light. He possesses both an incredibly sophisticated eye for design and also limitless patience to communicate with our team on the myriad details, questions, and requests we shoot to him. Rick always delivers a final product that exceeds our high expectations, but best of all it is a sincere pleasure to work with him.”

— Kay Yun
Chief Operating OfficerHealth Evolution Partners

“Rick and his team are an absolute joy to work with! They really understand our needs, bring smart solutions and ALWAYS deliver.”

— Nicole Imburger
Vice President Product Experience & Consumer Insight

Westfield Group – U.S.

“We consider Atwood Design Studio to be a significant partner of ours as we seek to grow our business. Rick has the unique ability to combine graphic and technical talents with a higher order strategic sensibility.”

— Patrick Sherwood
Partner, Step1 Branding
Former CEO Publicis Group USA / Chemistri