Jason Ruston

I’m enthusiastic about building and iterating on designs to discover what works best and applying my knowledge to create incredible products while being a tireless advocate for the customer.

I enjoy sharing my expertise to help prepare and inspire other talented designers.

I always make time on my calendar to continuously learn about design and business.

Jason Ruston

01— Family shot at
Torrey Pines State Beach, San Diego. This was down the street from our home in 2017.

Ruston FamilyMy dog Sheeba
Jason Ruston and daughter

02—Working remotely once in a while has its benefits.

03—Our dog Sheeba has been my travel companion since 2007. RIP Sheeba, you were a great furry companion.

I've moved around

I was born, raised, and schooled in Toronto, Canada. Graduated with honors from Graphic Design & Advertising at Humber College. My first graphic design job was with MFR Consulting in Philadelphia, PA in the year 2000. The following year, my grandfather was battling cancer. Wanting to be close to family, I moved back to Toronto. Shortly after, I began working for Marketspace Design Group as a web designer. I provided other services such as brand design, advertising, print, photography, video editing, and animation. The itch for traveling got to me in 2005 and I spent two months in Shanghai engulfing the culture and exploring the other side of the planet.

The challenges I faced in Shanghai was a wakeup call, but a wonderful experience that I will never forget. Once I relocated back to Toronto, I continued working with Marketspace as a contractor which led to the creation of Ruston Design. I levelled up to Senior Designer followed by Lead Designer while enquiring many wonderful clients of my own.

Travelling has been a great way for me to discover other communities and differences in culture.

It's present day and I'm a husband to my Intelligent, beautiful wife whom I met in Hawaii and father to three — a daughter and two stepsons.

  • Irvine, CA - Present
  • Culver City, CA - 2022
  • Seattle, WA - 2018 - 2022
  • San Diego, CA - 2017 - 2018
  • Oahu, HI - 2014 - 2017
  • Toronto, ON - 2012 - 2013
  • Vancouver, BC - 2011 - 2012
  • Toronto, ON - 2005 - 2011
  • Shanghai, China - 2005
  • Toronto, ON - 2001 - 2005
  • Philadelphia, PA - 2000 - 2001
  • Toronto, ON - 1976 - 2000

04—Books I've recently read.

05—On my reading list.

Jason Ruston - Books I've read

Other books I've recently read or currently reading.

  • Start with Why - Simon Sinek
  • The Dichotomy of Leadership - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegei
  • Creative Strategy and the Business of Design - Douglas Davis
  • Building Design Systems - Sarrah Vasselov and Taurie Davis
  • Sprints - Jake Knapp
  • The Personal MBA - Josh Kaufman
  • How will you measure your life? - Clayton M. Christensen
  • Made to Stick - Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  • This is Marketing - Seth Godin
  • The Design of Everyday Things - Donald A. Norman
Jason Ruston - Books I've read