We love small business.

We’re Rust Creative, a creative studio located in sunny Kent, Ohio. Design, search engine optimization, marketing, and consulting for small businesses.

We want to make a difference.

We’re here to make a difference – to individuals, communities, cities, and brands – through design, search engine optimization, marketing, and storytelling.

We’re ambitious, chase the impossible, and like to challenge ourselves at least three times a day.

Rust Creative. Designed to Last.

Rust Creative starts every project with great ideas. Elegant solutions to complex problems take time and thought. There are no miracle cures—only hard work and long-term results.

We’re here for you. We have helped small businesses throughout our community as well as international organizations use design and marketing to achieve lasting results by working together. Our offices are in Kent, Ohio. It is a small town, and we love it. This is where we started and this is where we’ll stay.

We’re not telepaths. Tell us what you need. We’re here to help.

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Seating More Customers

Through great design and a long-term approach to search engine optimization, we helped Taproot Catering rank first for the search terms vital to their business. Nearly 90% of new catering clients discover Taproot Catering through their website.

See how design and marketing worked for Taproot Catering

Small Business, Global Awareness


Rust Creative has had a very successful partnership with Kent, Ohio-based research and development firm AlphaMicron since 2010. We have worked with AlphaMicron and their subsidiaries, e-Tint and CTRL Eyewear, on search engine optimization, design, and marketing. AlphaMicron has grown from a small, liquid crystal research and design facility into a major supplier to government and military institutions, including Navy, Army and NASA, as well as consumer markets in adventure, cycling, and ski eyewear.

Search Engine Optimization and Social Media for Restaurants

We’ve dined at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, explored BBQ throughout the gravel roads of the American South, crushed grapes in Milan, and still take adventurous gastronomic trips in some of America’s finest cities. We’re food lovers with a lifetime of experience in design, marketing, and photography. That’s why, a few years ago, we started focusing on SEO and social media for restaurants more than any other industry.
We’re restaurant SEO & social media specialists, as well as food photographers.

Food Photography

We can shoot in studio, on location, and travel/lifestyle food photography. We know our way around a kitchen, so we’ll stay out of the way, or, better yet, we can prepare your meals in-house and shoot them from our studio, provided you supply us with a recipe. Our minimal approach to food styling lets the food speak for itself. Our recipe for food photography success is as follows: 1/4c Jackson Pollock, 1/2tbs Francis Mallman, seasoned with natural light and a dash of Daido Moriyama.

Sample our food photography menu

Bringing the Past to Life

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) was established in 1938 to provide affordable housing for Akron, Ohio and surrounding communities. To celebrate and commemorate their 80th year of service, we were asked to design a calendar incorporating a vast array of historical documents and photographs while also keeping an eye on the future.

Franklin Hotel Bar

Our relationship with Franklin Hotel Bar began in the early stages of business development. We consulted with the owners on artwork, fabrics, seating, and lighting, before we designed menus, ads, and the website. Incorporating elements of an old, New-York style hotel bar, we helped craft a lasting brand that resounds through photography, marketing materials, social media posts, and website content. See some of our work.