Made with 
love by Types & Symbols

We blend a deep passion for Adventism with creative expertise. In everything we do, we seek to elevate the quality of design in the Seventh-day Adventist church to better express the unique truth with which we’ve been entrusted. Our first and ultimate aim is to share the beautiful news.

With a focus on how design-thinking can influence every aspect of a project, we use our capabilities in research, strategy, and user-centered design to inform compelling solutions that improve the quality of Adventist experiences ranging from events to digital interactions. We are primarily strategists, and when our work has a visual output, we ensure that it is informed by and aware of its context as well as its audience, so that it can effectively compete in our visually crowded and fast-moving world.

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Our people

Core team

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Ivan Ruiz-Knott
Principal, Designer

Ivan graduated with a BFA from Andrews University as a J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar, and has worked on editorial projects, web design, and boutique brand-agency work, spending time in a handful of award-winning creative studios. Of everything he’s ever worked on, he is most proud of the wedding that he co-wrote, designed, and performed with his brilliant and beautiful wife, Livvy.

In every project, Ivan brings a deep knowledge of leading design-strategies and visual trends, as well as his unique perspective as an engaged, urban-dwelling, young-adult Adventist.

Ivan serves on the board of Society of Adventist Communicators as the Special Interest Group Representative for Design. 

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Mark Cook
Principal, Designer

With a BFA from Andrews University and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, Mark has spent over twenty years designing for brands like Whirlpool, Herman Miller, and Johnson & Johnson. He spent eight of those years running Thesis, an award-winning design studio in southwest Michigan focusing on the contract furniture sector.

Mark brings a wealth of first-hand experience working with fortune 500 companies on complex design challenges, and has worked strategically with in-house teams as well as globally distributed teams.

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Bryan Gray
Principal, Designer

Bryan attended Pacific Union College and graduated with a BFA from Art Center College of Design. His entire career has been focused on helping Adventist ministries and organizations communicate more effectively.

Since 1986, he has designed book covers, websites, magazines, and logos, including the official logo of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has served as a professor of design at Montemorelos University, creative director for Review & Herald Publishing Association, and most recently art director for Liberty magazine and the Adventist Review, which he continues to do through Types & Symbols.

As someone with decades of experience working with the church, Bryan is well-versed in the challenges specific to ministries when resourcing design, and he brings this insight to every project.

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Brett Meliti
Senior Designer

Brett graduated with a BS in graphic design from Southern Adventist University and over the past decade he has lead a diverse range of design projects from initial concept through final production. In the studio, Brett is a bit of a Swiss Army Knife moving effortlessly from designing new brands to creating compelling digital experiences to navigating the complexities of producing monthly publications. 

In addition to being a great designer, Brett also has a passion for cycling and even co-founded Switchback Cycle Club—an apparel company for cyclists. So if you're in the market for a well-designed jersey, socks, t-shirt, or other accessories you might want to check them out.

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Ellen Musselman
Designer

Ellen graduated from Andrews University in 2010 with a love for editorial design and a disdain for what many were proclaming to be the end of print. Thankfully, print is still very much a part of our lives and Ellen was able to start her career as a designer at Adventist Frontier Missions and is now focused almost entirely on editorial work for clients at Types & Symbols.  

In addition to crafting beautiful design solutions, Ellen has also worked as Adjunct Faculty at Andrews University and is currently teaching graphic design at Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

Collaborators

Martin Lee
Technology Partner

Martin is a designer, strategist, and technologist, with fifteen years of experience solving digital problems for startups, fortune 500s, universities, and non-profits. Martin currently serves as principal of Research & Design, a design and technology consultancy that focuses on tackling problems within higher-education and healthcare. Martin and his team at Research & Design work with Types & Symbols to deliver digital solutions on projects that require a technology component.

Marc Ullom
Photography Partner

Marc is an award-winning photographer, experienced educator, creative entrepreneur, and a long-time friend and collaborator of the team. He has contributed his expert art-direction and image-making to the Andrews Study Bible, Sonscreen Film Festival, and various studio initiatives.

Tim Lale
Editorial Partner

Tim Lale has been an editor and author for the church, with more than two decades of experience providing editorial services at publishing houses and serial publications. He was a professor of English at Southern Adventist University and now serves as an independent consultant and editor.