About Union

About Union Design

Founded in 2008, Union Design is a woman-owned design studio based in Chicago. With an emphasis on print design and branding, we are known for providing clean, smart graphic design that helps mission-driven organizations achieve their goals. From the beginning, our core client base has been Chicago’s non-profit organizations. We also work with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs who are ready to take their venture to the next level.

Led by Creative Director, Judy Higgins, our studio expands to include photographers, copywriters, designers and web developers on an as-needed basis.

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Design Philosophy

In design (as in life) the goal is union. It’s right there in our name. The idea of “union” shows up in the way we collaborate with our clients, the way we unite style with substance and the way we see our work fitting into the world around us. We strive to do work that is uplifting for our clients, ourselves, and our communities.

Judy Higgins, Creative Director

A designer since 1995, Judy has honed her talent over the years for developing targeted, effective visual communications. Her work in the nonprofit and public affairs sector has taught her to design with the message in mind and make every design choice count. Her approach is simple; in order to create materials that engage, inform and inspire, the design must be at once relevant, authoritative and beautiful. Above all, she understands that each client is unique. The process of discovering a client’s essence and identity fuels her creative work.

She has done award-winning work for the Poetry Foundation, University of Illinois at Chicago, Perkins and Will and Women of the ELCA.

Prior to founding Union Design Inc, Judy co-founded Noh Design LLC and built a thriving design studio with clients such as Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Housing Action Illinois, the Poetry Foundation, Gallery 37, Chicago Housing Authority, University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University.