Family = Business. Yep, two of us are related. Our (genetic) obsession with design and decades of teamwork are at the core of our business, along with a love of laughter and hot sauce. Our work is our family is our awesome good fortune.

Donna Hughes
Partner/Creative Director

Donna founded Hughes design | communications in 1985. In 1983 she earned the equivalent of an MA degree in graphic design from the Schule für Gestaltung Basel, Switzerland. Prior to that she spent 7 years studying a combination of design, fine arts, printmaking and sciences at the Art Institute of Chicago, Loretto Heights College in Denver, the University of Colorado in Boulder, Glassell School of Art in Houston, and the University of Houston. Donna has been teaching graphic design in the Biomedical Visualization Department in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago, since 1996. Her expertise and area of focus is communicating science and health care information through design.

In addition to receiving glowing student reviews year after year, Donna received the Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005 and 2014.

Courtney Owens Zielinski

Courtney Owens Zielinski
Partner/Creative Director

Courtney has been practicing graphic design in various ways, shapes and forms since birth (Courtney is Donna's daughter). Her earliest memories are of playing at Donna's drawing board with colored pencils, t-squares, and Letraset rub-off type. Courtney received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and shortly thereafter moved to San Francisco to pursue her interest in web design. After working at various startups as a designer, in 2001 she went out on her own as a freelance designer. In 2004 Courtney joined forces with Donna to become a partner at Hughes design|communications and to add her web skills to the company's accomplished list of services. She especially loves working with businesses to create unique, authentic identities, brands and websites.

Courtney and her work have been featured in 944 Magazine, Gift Shop Magazine, the book "Design Ecology!", and in Matt Woolman's book "100s: Visual Ideas Logos & Letterheads".

Isabel Bogarin

Isabel Bogarin
Junior Designer

Isabel Bogarin is the newest member of the Hughes Design team. Isabel studied Visual Communication Design and Printmaking (Letterpress, Lithography and Offset) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated with a BFA with an emphasis in Visual Communication Design in 2014. While in school Isabel gained valuable experience interning for The Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum and various marketing agencies. After graduation, she worked as the sole designer for a startup, and then joined Hughes design|communications as a Junior Designer. Isabel loves being surrounded be like-minded designers on a daily basis, and we love her creativity, amazing work ethic and ability to juggle a ton of projects at once with zero sweat.