Russell has extensive professional experience in the design industry, he spent three years working at one of Australia’s premier design studios Inkahoots before moving on to set up his own studio. Russell continues to practice design working with grassroots community organizations and facilitating intensive community workshops in regional locations. Russell’s work is in the permanent collections of the State Library of Victoria and the Centre for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles. Russell is a founding member of the Design for Community participatory design movement.
His primary research interests traverse the areas grassroots visual communication, graphic agitation and social responsibility in graphic design education. Current research explores collaborative relationships between education institutions and how these relationships can promote socially engaged graphic design as a community catalyst.
Russell is a PhD Candidate at the Center for Cultural Partnerships at the VCA &MCM. His research is project is titled:Design For Community:The role of the socially engaged graphic designer as a community catalyst, engaging high school students from Broken Hill in creative projects that empower participants and enable transformation and social change.