Arts and Entertainment
Justin Ahrens, principal and creative director for Rule 29 Design, a strategic design, branding, and communications agency in Geneva, Illinois. Ahrens is nominated in the Arts and Entertainment and Philanthropy and Non-Profit Service categories.
Ahrens and his associates are committed to “making creative matter” by both incorporating great design and helping others think differently about the world around them. They accomplish this through proactive involvement in social causes including significant work in Africa.
Ahrens has served on boards for various groups including the HOW Design Conference and the AIGA professional association for design.
He regularly speaks at design and business conferences about creative inspiration, leadership, and design strategy.
Ahrens has served as an adjunct design instructor and helped with senior- and graduate-level design and strategy classes at Notre Dame and Kent State University, where students and professionals work together on social issues.