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626 . 818 . 0409
626 . 403 . 0115
russdevita@mac.com

1117 Milan Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030

illustration by Victor March and Kerlow

Russell DeVita is a graphic designer, art director and journalist who specializes in projects that combine sophisticated visuals with straightforward yet evocative language.

His editorial background, including positions at major U.S. newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, complements his design credits, which range from art direction of the luxury lifestyle magazine Distinction to logo creation, web site design and illustration.

Since 2008, he has been principal of BrooklynBoy Design, based in South Pasadena, California. His clients include the digital magazine company Zinio; Magnuson & Company, a communications and management consulting firm; the Henry T. Nicholas Foundation; and the University of Southern California.

Russell earned degrees from the State University College at Buffalo and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

He lives in South Pasadena with his wife, Lennie, and daughter, Nora, but still considers New York his true home. In fact, he continues to root for the Yankees (or, for that matter, any New York team that happens to be playing), and still dreams of pizza, knishes, sidewalk-vendor hot dogs, Mr. Softee trucks on warm summer nights and the perfect egg cream.

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Prototype cover for new golf magazine.

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project24

Spread for Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine story on new trends in fitness and health.

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Spread for Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine, for story about artist Mark Bradford.

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project20

Cover for Distinction, a luxury lifestyle magazine.

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Spread for travel piece on Tahiti for Distinction magazine.

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Holiday gift guide for Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine on the latest gadgets and gizmos.

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Feature design on local-foods movement in Portland.

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Design for Times magazine story on Ohio boys who came to Los Angeles to break into film writing.

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Prototype covers for travel magazine on urban exploration.

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Opening spread for story on the best places to eat pho, a Vietnamese soup.

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Cover for family guide on what to do in San Diego.

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Opening page for guide to hot spots in Vegas.

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Holiday gift guide for wireless gadgets, for which I also did a series of illustrations.

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Dunn Communications, a public relations and consulting firm.

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Ellelle, an artisanal jam-making company.

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Fred Schwartz, a New York-based architect.

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Skateboard maker.

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Media consulting firm.

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Packaging and identity for Ellelle jams.

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Poster about barnstorming baseball players visiting Cuba during the 1940s, featuring an illustration of mine.

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Poster for twin exhibit of images by photographers Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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Promotional piece for exhibit at Pacific Asia Museum.

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Book jacket cover design for “Death of a Salesman,” by Arthur Miller.

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Illustration for story on how much easier it is to get autographs from baseball players during spring training.

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Illustration for story on Web surfers using Google to find adult-themed sites.

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Illustration for a guide to home improvement projects.

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Part of a series of illustrations for wireless gadgets.

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Cover and book design using my photographs of the Angels Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles.

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