We blend a deep passion for Adventism with creative expertise.

Our Team

We’re small, and that’s a good thing. You won’t have the A-team only showing up for proposals and presentations, because all we have is the A-team: five passionate designers, each with years of experience, harboring a curious spirit, and a love for Adventism.

Mark Cook

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.

Bryan Gray

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 worked on numerous ADRA projects, 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 at director for Liberty magazine and the Adventist Review; a role he continues to do through Types & Symbols.

Ivan Ruiz-Knott

Ivan graduated with a BFA from Andrews University as 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.

Brett Meliti
Design Director

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.

Ellen Musselman
Senior Designer

Ellen graduated with BFA in graphic design from Andrews University in 2010, harboring a love for editorial design and a disdain for what many were proclaiming 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.

How We Work

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.

Are We a Good Fit?

We typically begin new client relationships around strategic initiatives. Our clients think of us as partners to help think through big hairy problems, and provide creative solutions.

Contact Us

Questions? Comments? Shoot us an email at info@typesandsymbols.com, or use this handy form.

You can also give us a call at (267) 521-1863.