Bockos Design, Inc. is a boutique, Chicago-based design firm that partners with clients to collaboratively solve visual communication problems—creatively, effectively, and as painlessly as possible—with purpose, efficiency and grace. Deliriously happy and satisfied clients include cultural and educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and small businesses, as well as marketing professionals in need of a committed communication design partner.
Professional creative services include design ideation, development, consultation and execution, with comprehensive offerings for print-based work and select services for digital initiatives. Project types include but are not limited to books, exhibition and product catalogues, editorial publications, corporate (and event) identity, in addition to a wide range of collateral and promotional materials.
The practice was officially incorporated in 1996 and has intentionally remained small in size in order to deliver big in creative services. Georgia Bockos leads this effort hands-on with the assistance and support of additional creative team members as needed and desired.
Over the years, the firm has created work for the following clients: The Coventry Group, Driehaus Foundation, The Field Museum, IES Abroad, Lake Forest College, Mary Cook Associates, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Rare Air Ltd., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Thousand Waves Martial Arts, University of Chicago Library, and The Woods Fund of Chicago.
Georgia Bockos is a seasoned creative professional who appreciates most anything “old school” and is determined to keep print alive (and kicking) while contributing her design, management and leadership skills to collaborative work in an evolving and ever-changing industry. She is a direct and dedicated team player who believes people and relationships matter in the working world.
While her design expertise (and passion) lies in the extensive creation and production of long-form print publications (books, magazines, catalogues), she can equally provide a variety of services à la carte based on client needs, project requirements, or budget considerations. If the fit is right, she is also available to serve as your freelance creative director, design consultant, idea gal, “refresh my brand!” designer, or maybe even your go-to detail-oriented layout and typesetting design queen.
Since 1998, Georgia has been consistently sharing her knowledge (and love of typography) to help shape the minds of young creatives on a part-time basis as a design educator. She is currently an adjunct associate professor in the department of visual communication design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she continues to inspire… and be inspired. Some of her fabulous students have even worked for her as they've prepared to embark on their own professional design adventures.
I am a proud graduate of SAIC where I studied visual communication design, as well as painting and drawing, in addition to dabbling in some fiber work. My professional design life began freelancing for some really smart, generous, and wonderfully-talented Chicago designers throughout the 90s. I officially incorporated my design practice in 1996 while slowly (and somewhat, unintentionally!) building a client base.
In work, and in my relationships with clients, I always consider myself part of a collaborative team—never just a pair of hands to make things look pretty on a page. To be clear, aesthetics are important. I certainly appreciate "beautiful" design and work hard to deliver it. But first, and more importantly, I am a visual communicator. I aim to be viewed as an extension of any internal team, so we are all consistently working together in our communication efforts.
In the classroom, I encourage my students to be mindful and to stay curious. I work hard to instill the importance of process in the making and, as a traditionally-trained maker (on the cusp of the Mac!), I continuously remind them that the computer is simply a tool. It is only one of many to utilize when exploring ideas and in the development of work. More design (and life) lessons are introduced on a weekly basis throughout the semester. I truly value the many gifts that teaching at SAIC has given me.
What else? I'm Greek, I can still touch my toes, and I'm a Libra… at the end of the day, it's all about balance.