hello @ alexkostiw.com ︎

913 543 20 35
Chicago, Illinois


For over seven years, I have worked with clients in art and culture, fashion, and publishing. Together, we tell stories through design.

I specialize in Publication Design, Brand Identity, Visual Narrative, and Graphic Art. My design approach distills a point of view into clear, expressive solutions. Built on research, aesthetic and conceptual exploration, and collaboration, my work balances vision with craft.

I’m excited most by projects that connect audiences with creative voices and those that center narrative experiences through physical spaces and forms.


Brute is the moniker for my self-publishing  practice. My books and works on paper focus on inexactness in communication—felt spaces where instinct and imagination meet to make meaning.

Rooted in design, printmaking, and literary criticism, my work experiments with poetic and reimagined text and image, structures of comics, and conceptually driven forms. Its loose narratives gesture toward the hidden parts and possibilities of the self, how we perceive reality, and our connections with others.

My work has been in expos internationally and is collected in the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection, the Chicago Zine Collection at the University of Chicago Library, the Zine and Comics Collection at the MassArt Library, the Decker Library at MICA, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, among others.


I teach courses in graphic design and storytelling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I received an MFA in Visual Communication Design. And indeed, I’ve always loved books—I hold a BA in English literature from the University of Chicago.

If you’d like me to talk with folks about comics at the intersection of poetry and design, I offer a generative workshop all about that.


Thank you for reading. ︎︎




Mark