Graphic Design (with a side of brisket and tostones)
Design is my obsession (along with cooking, tennis and the beach), and the drive to keep innovating stems from my no-nonsense, process-driven approach to creative work (with a heaping spoonful of fun).
I believe that good design is about more than, well, just design. It’s about a partner who understands what it’s like to run a business (I’m going on 3+ decades), meet deadlines, and seamlessly integrate into your department or projects.
Where Strategic Design Meets Creative Solutions
I’ve been around long enough to know that logos, colors, and type are important, but relationships, trust, and problem-solving are vital to nailing creative that moves the needle — or funds an entire building (ask me about Oxford University’s $240M endowment). Clients say I listen, get stuff done, am indispensable, and am always ready to roll up my sleeves and pitch in — like when I was asked to create a 300-page rookie guide for a major sports league in a matter of weeks.
Capabilities That Expand to Meet Your Needs
From corporate to non-profit and everything in between, Ruzow Graphics offers you the personal attention of a nuanced, visual storyteller combined with the extensive and collaborative capabilities of a firm. The beauty of having my own agency is the flexibility to scale up or down based on your needs. I’ve amassed quite the talented pool of collaborators (who amaze me daily), but, never fear, you’ll always get me as your main point of contact. And, if you care about this kind of stuff, I’ve won 77 awards (and counting) from the American Graphic Design Awards, Healthcare Marketing Awards, and others.
Meet Nancy: Graphic Designer and Strategic Business Partner
When I founded my graphic design firm, I could never have imagined this graphic design company would still be here decades later…and thriving. The secret to my success, and the one thing that’s never changed, is my philosophy on offering a personal touch to my clients. Most of my clients have been with me for years, mostly because I become a trusted resource and act as one of their own (or maybe it’s my witty banter).
What Inspires Me
I have a degree in graphic design from Buffalo State, where I was introduced to the work of Milton Glaser, Joan Miro and Paul Rand — who continue to influence me and my work in business branding and services. I guess you could say I’ve been at this design thing basically my whole life. I’m also constantly motivated by business influencers like Chris Do, Emily Cohen, Ilise Benun and Melinda Livsey.
Where You’ll Find Me: Westport, CT and NYC
I split time between NYC and my home office, situated on 2.5 acres of weeds in Westport, CT with my Cuban husband (thus the tostones), crazy cats, and sometimes grown daughters, son-in-law, and a beautiful grandson. When I’m not designing, I play tennis obsessively, boogie board at the beaches of Cape Cod, grow cactus, make a mean brisket, and drink sake. (Got any favorites? Send them my way.)
Want a design partner that gets it?
- 100% certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE, WBENC, WPEO)
- Owner and moderator, CreativesRoundtable.com, an accountability group devoted to helping creative business owners focus, fine-tune and thrive
- Leadership team for NYC FlyFemaleFounders.org, a non-profit that educates and provides community to women growing their business
- Former Director, Design for Good Connecticut.AIGA.org
I like to take all projects from start to finish. Sometimes the project scope needs more than graphic design and design thinking, so I bring in great collaborators when the project calls for more specific expertise.
Jill makes websites for creatives working from their designs (like this site) or designing them herself. She breathes WordPress and is a content master. In her spare time, you can see Jill walking into walls while she plays Pokémon Go.
Social Media Strategist
Laura partners with brands to create compelling social media strategy that entices audiences to take action. With a knack for branding and creative content, Laura brings a unique perspective to help brands grow their bottom line. Most days you can find Laura at top foodie spots, usually just to get an Instagram picture.
Lloyd develops websites and online marketing tools, providing every service you will need for creating and maintaining a vibrant, up-to-the-moment online marketing presence. He can also be found recapturing his youth — playing lead guitar in a local band.
Sally “the distiller,” writes ad copy taking all of the many words clients want to say and whittling away at them to create effective messaging that pops and sings. She clears her head to enable those words to appear with hiking, yoga, skiing and playing hard with her nieces and nephews.
Danielle has been called a wordsmith, a magician, a copywriter extraordinaire, a lifesaver, and a badass. And while she can’t pull a rabbit out of her hat, she can hone your brand message, engage your audience and deadlift your employees, but not at the same time. That’s just irresponsible.
Jocelyn enjoys helping businesses and nonprofits thrive by developing marketing campaigns that increase visibility and generate leads in both the print and social media worlds. She is a master of everything related to U2 – the band – in the name of love!
Deidre helps service providers find their unique brand personality and bring it across in authentic, engaging words. She writes web copy, blog posts, newsletters, plays well with puppies.
Shannon is a visual master — making bullet points, technical jargon, and data look clean, organized and visually appealing, and, taking logos & identities designed by Nancy across assets to make brands look cohesive. She is consumed with growing food in her backyard — the most convenient grocery store ever!
Vanessa helps businesses strategically brand themselves to advantageously build deeper levels of likability and trust with their audience to reach their business goals and market themselves in a more pulled-together, trustworthy, and established way. Dedicated to easing and handholding businesses through the brand strategy process, she focuses on making brand guardians feel super comfortable with establishing or refining their brand by educating them on brand strategy development while working together. She can also develop your messaging strategy to have clear messaging that connects deeply with your tribe and moves them to action.
Vicki helps organizations connect with an emphasis on employee communications including major organizational change, HR initiatives, executive communications, CSR, and annual reports. She masterfully assembles materials from strategy through execution often while in the lotus (yoga) position.