Ardent about the kind of story-telling that pulls you in


I have worked with clients in the arts, built environments, education, and publishing. Together, we tell thoughtful and compelling stories through art and design. I design to reach beyond any given format and pull an audience into another world—whether through a visual identity, graphics for a page or a wall, cover-to-cover publications, or a Squarespace site. I’m excited most by projects that connect audiences with creative voices or that give a place meaning.



My independent projects focus on the ways design gestures toward inexpressible aspects of personal experience, interiority, and identity. My self-published comics, artist’s books, and prints ask readers to decipher sparse language and images and to collaborate in the construction of poetic narratives. My work has been in comics expos internationally and is collected in the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Library of Congress.


hello @ alexkostiw.com ︎

913 543 20 35
Chicago, Illinois
I teach courses in graphic design and storytelling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I received my MFA in Visual Communication Design.

I love talking with people about comics and offer a workshop in which we investigate design in the context of the medium. ︎

Mark