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Thesis, Inc., Mark’s previous studio where we worked together before founding Types & Symbols

A little over a year ago Mark Cook and I founded Types & Symbols, a design studio crafting Adventist experiences for the church and its ministries. Mark previously ran a design studio called Thesis, Inc. for eight years, where I worked for some time, and where we had the chance to begin an ongoing conversation about design and the church.

At Thesis, like at many studios, we used strategy and aesthetics in the service of our clients’ bottom line, and while we did great work for great people, we often wondered about the possibility of using the methods of design in the service of Truth. It had started to seem to us like too often our church was lacking that rigorous, iterative, design process. Many Adventist experiences, from Sabbath morning to discipleship to stewardship to study, seemed severely under-considered, and a few-too-many external efforts didn’t appear to understand their context or their audience. …


Ivan Ruiz-Knott

Principal and Designer at Types & Symbols