Bockos Design, Inc. is a boutique, Chicago-based design firm that partners with clients to collaboratively solve communication problems—creatively, effectively, and as painlessly as possible—with efficiency and grace. Deliriously happy and satisfied clients over the years include cultural and educational institutions, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and varied marketing professionals in need of a committed communication design partner.
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 with the assistance and support of additional creative team members as needed and desired.
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 expertise 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.
Since 1998, she has been consistently sharing her knowledge and helping to shape the minds of young creatives on a part-time basis as a design educator. She is currently an adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the department of visual communication design 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.