“You are indeed a very special talent.”
—David A. Lizotte
CEO, GunnDesign, Boston
Chris Costello is an award winning graphic designer, coin designer, illustrator, and type designer based in Boston, Massachusetts.
He was introduced to creative arts by his father, a graphic designer, and began hand painting commercial signs when he was eleven years old. He studied design, calligraphy, and illustration in college and graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and Visual Communication.
Early in his career, Chris worked in advertising agencies as an art director and technical illustrator in Miami, FL and Boston, MA. It was during this period that he developed an interest in typeface design and created several original font families including Blackstone and Papyrus, which is included in the Monotype Font Library. He transitioned to publishing in the mid 1990’s and created book covers and illustrations for Harper Collins, Candlewick Press, Scholastic, Random House, and Viking Press. 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.
Today, Chris is 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.
- Disciplined and decisive leader with skills in staff management and client services
- Able to energize creative teams and resolve conflicts with patience, empathy, and respect
- Proficient with Adobe CC InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, and WordPress
2020–PRESENT: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)—Sarasota, FL
COIN AND MEDAL DESIGNER: Exclusive provider of authentic hand-signed artist’s signatures for the NGC Signature Labels Program.
2019–PRESENT: THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS—Boston, MA
SENIOR DESIGNER, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS: Concepts and designs marketing and enterprise communications materials, publications, event collateral, social media graphics, interpretive and exhibition installations, signage, and property way finding materials. Design lead and manager.
2010–PRESENT: UNITED STATES MINT (Contract)—Washington, DC
COIN AND MEDAL DESIGNER | ARTISTIC INFUSION PROGRAM ARTIST: 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 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
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER, ILLUSTRATOR, and TYPOGRAPHER: Provides print and digital graphic designs, illustrations, and creative direction for the financial services, real estate, book publishing, small business, and non-profit sectors. Clients include 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.
2017–PRESENT: MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE—Bedford, MA
MEMBER, ADVISORY BOARD: Identify current industry trends and provide recommendations for development of the Graphic Design curriculum. Critique portfolios of program graduates at end-of-semester reviews.
2015–PRESENT: CYRUS DALLIN ART MUSEUM—Arlington, MA
MEMBER, BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Provide 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”.
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
2000–2003 NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY—Boston, MA
Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and Visual Communication