Michael Gage Costa / BIO

Graphic Designers / Illustrator / Creative Mind

As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to create. I remember being a young boy in pre-school and painting crude dinosaurs on a Fisherprice easel, taking them home and insisting my parents help me write out the narrative for the story I had in my head. Growing up I filled countless sketchbooks with drawings of original characters that I was sure would be the star of the world's newest, best comic series. I spent the better part of my school experience practicing how to draw hands and faces in the margins of my notebooks.


I studied the Visual Arts at Ithaca College for 3 years before I was diagnosed with cancer. My illness required me to put my life and schooling on hold in order to undergo treatment. The experience, while very difficult, ultimately gave me a fresh perspective on my life and renewed my sense of artistic purpose. During my recovery, I was afforded the time to further explore and develop my artistic skills on my own. Healthy and reinvigorated, I returned to college.


I continued my undergraduate education in the the Graphic Design program at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. During my years there I honed and focused my creative energy into graphic design, illustration, video and animation. I was also hired at this time by the Rutgers Student Life Marketing Department, where I continued to work as a designer for the next 3 years. In my graduate year I devoted my thesis to documenting my personal cancer experience through a gallery "game" installation involving infographics and animation. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in doing what I've always wanted to do.


Since then I have worked as a designer in several positions in the New York and New Jersey area. Mostly recently, I've been employed as a full-time graphic designer for the Rutgers University Foundation. I live in New Jersey with my wonderful and supportive wife Allison, and our son Charlie. I am grateful every day for my family, my friends, my health, and for having the incredible good fortune that each day I get to wake up and do what I love: create.