Grillo Group puts your message first and good design follows naturally.
Creativity inspired by insight. Collaboration and commitment. Expertise and experience.
We believe our best work is done as a group—designers, strategists, and writers working with a common purpose. We’ve built an exceptional team of talented individuals with varied perspectives and complimentary talents. We believe that the more wide ranging our considerations, the more carefully constructed our solutions will be. We work for and with our clients every step of the way from solid research, analysis, and planning to clear positioning and sound message strategy to expert visual and verbal creative execution.
We develop integrated marketing solutions to address every need. Brand identity and development. Advertising and sales support. Corporate communication and annual reports. Collateral and packaging. Development and fundraising. Signage and business environments. Books and publications.
Maria can see the forest and the trees at the same time. With logical precision and remarkable intuition, she clears the path directly to the solution. She would have been a great lumberjack. Lucky for her clients, Maria puts her big-picture perspective and problem-solving skills to work for them. She’s focused, but realistic and flexible. “That makes sense. Let’s try it.”
A Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Maria’s talent and achievements as a designer over the last 25 years have been recognized by some of the profession’s most notable organizations and publications: Communication Arts, Graphis Poster, Print, and ID magazines, the New York Type Directors Club, and British Design and Art Direction. Maria has taught aspiring designers and peers how to plan and implement branding and design programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Syracuse University’s Independent Study Master of Arts Program. She has served on the AIGA/Chicago Executive Board and as juror for numerous professional and educational design competitions. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Kristin Cullen is an accomplished graphic designer, educator, and author with a master’s degree in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Her design work has appeared in national and international exhibits and been published in books and magazines that include American Corporate Identity, Graphis, and Print. Kristin has taught at leading institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; University of Cincinnati; University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; and RISD. She has written books for Rockport Publishers, Layout Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Building Pages in Graphic Design (first and second editions) and Design Elements: Typography Fundamentals. Outside of design, her artistic practice explores geometric form, order, and abstraction.
Max makes words work harder because he does the work before he writes the words. A quick study and a congenital collaborator, Max has a knack for putting clients at ease and for putting up with designers’ exacting demands. “How many words do you need? Zero problem. I’ve got a million of ’em.” As a marketing consultant, planner, and manager, Max has helped scores of organizations in both the private and nonprofit sectors evaluate the effectiveness of current marketing programs and investigate new or alternative approaches for greater efficiency and effectiveness. As a creative team member, he has helped develop, write, and manage highly effective and award winning marketing communications and public relations programs in the fields of manufacturing, finance, banking, insurance, health care, computers, high technology, engineering, education, publishing, and architecture. He is a successful business writer and has collaborated with subject matter experts and academicians on five published books on risk management, corporate reporting and governance, new product development, and strategic sourcing. He holds an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.