Hey now! I’m Russell Makruski, Designer and Developer. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, I’m a huge Cleveland fan. I love making Cleveland a more beautiful place whether by helping a locally owned restaurant gain traction with a great ad campaign or helping a small museum find it’s identity on the web. My love for design is only out-matched by willingness and need to learn.

Although my first trip through school was cut short, I found myself in a situation that allowed my creative juices the ability to thrive despite the lack of formal education... The kitchen. There is a lot to learn in a kitchen. The flavors, the timing, the patience. When it all comes together, great things happen. These ideals translated beautifully to the world of design and gave me an unfair advantage throughout my second trip through college.

After a dozen years spent moving from dishwasher to Chef, the madness of the kitchen led me back to school to pursue my first love of art & design. I learned (and am still learning) the latest and greatest practices in web, graphic and interactive media design. I have an eclectic array of hobbies - music production, hip-hop, photography, filmmaking/video editing, food (it's really nice that it's a hobby now!), auto repair (I'm a water-cooled Volkswagen man) and much more. I am a life long learner and hope to be able to teach what I learn to others one day!


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If you like lists (or acronyms), you'll love this... Wordpress, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Javascript, PHP, Raphael.js, XML, JSON, AJAX, Google Maps API, Responsive Design, Adobe CC, Typography, iBooks, Photography, Ableton Live, Music and Video Production and much more. The list is always expanding and I will be updating this site regularly, so check back often to see what's new! (Currently I have been dabbling in Blender and Away 3D... stay tuned!)

I work with many major companies and always respect the brand. Parker Hannifin, Steris, Cleveland Clinic, Kaplan Trucking and Dots to name a few. I also collaborate with other creative agencies in the area such as designRoom Creative, Glazen Creative Studios and Karen Skunta and Company. I am always a team player and always want what's best for the brand!

I have over 3 years professional experience in design and front-end web development. I am looking to take the next step and find the best place to refine my skills and learn from the best in the industry.


Thank you for checking out my page! Hopefully we can work together soon.
Feel free to send me a message and I'll get back to you supa-fast!

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