Ruby Western Design
A Polished Generalist


b. 1986, HK.


I am a Chicago-based queer artist, designer, writer, editor, comedian, and curator. I'm here to listen to your ideas about projects of any scope and translate them into visually striking, effective materials. Whether it's a standalone postcard or an ad campaign for the CTA, I will give your project equally careful attention.

I was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont. After studying painting at at Smith College, I began making graphics for friends and odd jobs. I worked as New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal's assistant and collaborator from 2013-2017, where I honed skills as a graphic artist while gaining knowledge of the book world and online marketing. In 2016, I began freelancing as a designer in earnest. In 2018, I began to coordinate the social media for United States Artists and Jameson Loves Danger.

Because I'm trained as an artist, I'll compose your design with the care I would when making a painting. Because I'm a self-taught designer, I'll have a fresh perspective on the possibilities. Because I'm a radical queer, you won't have to define political terms or worry about me handling materials with great respect.

What is important to me:

  • Open, clear, and timely communication

  • Representing/illustrating folks of all races, sizes, ages, and genders

  • Meeting you where you are (in terms of business growth, budget, scope, and graphics)

  • Translating the concepts you're excited about into useful, accessible, beautiful materials that are just right for your specific needs

  • There's no such thing as too many drafts