Jason Ruston


Something about me

As a full stack designer, I help small and medium businesses with branding, design and strategy.

I have over 19 years of professional design experience, while serving clients and living in multiple markets around the globe.

I'm passionate about unifying creative vision and market insights with stunning design and enhanced UX/UI to create concepts that connect deeply with audiences.

I've travelled a bit

Born, raised and schooled in Toronto, Canada. Graduated with honors from Graphic Design & Advertising at Humber College. My first graphic design job was at MFR Consulting in Philadelphia, PA - 2000. The following year, my grandfather was not doing so well. He had cancer. Wanting to be close to family, I moved back to Toronto. I soon picked up a job as a web and print designer at Marketspace. The itch for traveling got to me in 2005. Naive as I was, I moved to Shanghai to pursue my own design business. I planned well moving there, but not so well staying and making the business work.

The move to Shanghai was a bit of a wake up call. Once I got back to Toronto, I set up my business, Ruston Design and began contracting to Marketspace and managing my own clients. Working remotely has opened up the opportunity to live and work in places of my choosing.

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 step sons.

  • Bellevue, WA - Present
  • San Diego, CA - 2017 - 2018
  • Oahu, HI - 2014 - 2017
  • Toronto, ON - 2012 - 2013
  • Vancouver, BC - 2011 - 2012
  • Toronto, ON - 2001 - 2011
  • Shanghai, China - 2005
  • Philadelphia, PA - 2000 - 2001

01—Sunset Seat, Del Mar, San Diego. This was down the street from our home at the time.

02—Working remotely has its benefits.

03— My dog Sheeba has been my travel companion since 2007.

04—Books I've recently read.

05—On my readers list.