“You are indeed a very special talent.”

—David A. Lizotte
CEO, GunnDesign, Boston

BIOGRAPHY

Chris Costello is an award winning graphic designer, coin designer, illustrator, and type designer based in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied design, calligraphy, and illustration and graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and Visual Communication.

Chris worked in advertising agencies as an art director, graphic designer, and type designer whose designs included the very popular Papyrus font. As an illustrator he has created artwork for some of the nation’s leading book publishers and by the early 2000’s, he was designing websites for filmmakers and writers including NY Times best-selling authors Matthew Pearl and Robert Kurson.

Since 2010, he has worked with The United States Mint as an Artistic Infusion Program Artist and is credited with over 20 coin and medal designs. In 2019 he received a Coin of the Year Award for best gold coin and continues to contribute innovative designs for America’s coin and medal programs. In 2018, he began a contract with The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom and is credited with designing circulating £2 commemorative coins for years 2020 and 2021.

Chris is currently a Senior Graphic Designer with The Trustees, the oldest land conservation and historic preservation organization in the world. He also serves as an advisory board member for Middlesex Community College and is a member of the Board of Trustees at The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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P R O F E S S I O N A L

2020–PRESENT
NUMISMATIC GUARANTEE CORPORATION (NGC)—Sarasota, FL
COIN AND MEDAL DESIGNER
Exclusive provider of authentic hand-signed artist’s autographs for the NGC Signature Labels Program.

2019–PRESENT
THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS—Boston, MA
SENIOR DESIGNER, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Designs marketing and communications materials, publications, event collateral, social media graphics, interpretive installations, signage, and property way finding materials. Design lead, illustrator, and creative team manager.

2010–PRESENT
UNITED STATES MINT (Contract)—Washington, DC

ARTISTIC INFUSION PROGRAM DESIGNER | COINS AND MEDALS
Designs coins and medals for America’s commemorative and circulating issues. Contributed drawings to over 50 United States Mint design programs. Original artwork appears on 23 US coins and medals including one Congressional Gold Medal. Eleanor Roosevelt First Spouse designs nominated for 2014 Coin of the Year Award. Presented on creative process at 2017 United States Mint Artist’s Symposium. Winner 2018 Coin of the Year Award for American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin.

2004–PRESENT
CHRIS COSTELLO DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION—Arlington, MA
DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR
Provides print and digital graphic designs, illustrations, and creative direction for the financial services, real estate, book publishing, small business, and non-profit sectors. Designed two circulating 2£ commemorative coins for the United Kingdom. Clients include The Royal Mint, The Colombian Mint, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic Press, MIT, Oxford University Press, IBM, Net Lease Capital Advisors, and Harper Collins. Designed Papyrus, Blackstone, Letterpress Text, Mirage, and Virus fonts distributed by Monotype.

2008–2018
NRT—Waltham, MA
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER: 
Designed print and digital marketing materials, corporate communications, and consumer advertising for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Managed one graphic designer with creative mentorship and annual reviews. Conducted annual design workshops and software training sessions for creative team members. Consistently won awards for creative excellence. Set design standards for our New England real estate brand that were imitated by competitors.

V O L U N T E E R

2017–PRESENT
MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE—Bedford, MA
MEMBER, ADVISORY BOARD
Identifies current industry trends and provide recommendations for development of the Graphic Design curriculum. Critiques portfolios of program graduates at end-of-semester reviews.

2015–PRESENT
CYRUS DALLIN ART MUSEUM | TOWN OF ARLINGTON—Arlington, MA
MEMBER, BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Provides graphic design, advertising art, public presentations, fund raising, and other volunteer services to further the museum’s mission “to advance the legacy of the celebrated American sculptor, Cyrus E. Dallin”.

A W A R D S

2019
Coin of the Year Award

Winner Best Gold Coin—2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin reverse design

2018
Henry Johnson 100th Anniversary National Medal Design Competition

First place winner and designer of both sides of silver medal commemorating World War I war hero Henry Johnson

2005–2012
American InHouse Design Awards
Graphic Design USA—Winning entries for Advertising, Annual Report, Invitation, and
Brochure categories

E D U C A T I O N

2000–2003
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY—Boston, MA
Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and Visual Communication