Solutions through the Art of Storytelling.

It's not about the buying, attachment to, or celebration of "things." The truth is we become immersed in, and enchanted with the stories behind the things & services we desire. That is where the art and creativity find purpose in providing solutions and delivering messages. Simply put, I create and revitalize brands in need and make the things that brands need to tell their story. That's just RDQLUS! (See what I did right there?) Telling your story should not be left to a shoot-from-the-hip, random assortment of cute, clever ideas with no cohesive vision. That's not a brand… that's… a… random assortment of cute, clever ideas. *shrug*  What you really need is "solutions through the art of storytelling.

Steve Gordon Jr

[ independent creative director / designer / get-away driver ]

RDQLUS is Steve Gordon Jr; award-winning designer, internationally published author, keynote speaker—not to mention decent in a bar scrap and a good get-away driver. But Steve is most comfortable solving puzzles; thinking up creative solutions to equations. What began as an award-winning design career shifted to instinctive travels on the paths of ideation, subculture, and the idea that even the best artwork, in shiny bits & pieces, are not enough—not special at all. It's the sum of all parts that communicate a message, tell the story and reveal the brand. 

Steve is the author of '100 Habits for Successful Freelance Designers' and '365 Habits of Successful Designers' (Rockport Publishers), and the work of RDQLUS CREATIVE has been featured in design industry publications and annuals such as the collections and Logo Lounge "Master Library" series, and RDQLUS' ahead-of-the-curve approach has been highlighted as a future trend by "Graphic Design USA."

Also a keynote speaker, Steve has been featured at national conferences  such as the HOW Design Live conference, the Creative Freelancer Conference and local “Meet the Pros” & BarCamp events.

Skills on Deck

Creative Direction - There are many times when you need a skilled creative mind to offer fresh, strategic perspective—whether that's starting from inception (dreamin' up whole worlds like DiCaprio) or give an infusion of new thought & "strategery" along the way.

Brand Development - All the pretty, pretty pictures in the world don't matter without a story to tell. Finding your brand's pedigree & messaging is the most crucial part of what RDQLUS does.

Identity Design - Because you're not reeeeeally thinking about using that clip-art are you? Step your game up and understand why you will need more than that logo your nephew made. (unless, of course, I'm your nephew?!)

Sweet Sweet Dance Moves…  and general badassery does abound with RDQLUS. Deal with it!

Clients that have gotten a little RDQLUS: 
ABC / Disney (Los Angeles)
T-Mobile USA (Seattle / North America)
Brinshore Development (Chicago)
Ali Shaheed Muhammed {A Tribe Called Quest} (NYC)
ConAgra Foods
NIKE iD (Portland)
MSN / Microsoft (Seattle/North America/Worldwide)

Studios & Agencies:
Phenomblue (Omaha / Los Angeles)
Tribecca Designs (NYC / San Francisco)
Ervin & Smith Advertising & PR
NOLEJ Studio (NYC)
Digital Soup (Los Angeles)