John Rutherford Design Studio or JohnRDesign is a graphics and creative shop based in Calgary, Alberta producing images and products for promotion and packaging in the music industry.

An initiative of blues and roots musician John Rutherford, JohnRDesign was born of a desire to create art and graphics to represent his own various music projects. The company has since evolved into a service designing and producing materials for numerous artists, venues, events and retailers. With it's beginnings in gig poster design the company is also creating album and CD cover art, graphic t-shirts, print ads, web materials and more.

Rutherford’s vision and design aesthetic draws from a broad and rich palette of classic record album art and traditional letterpress style music, boxing and circus posters. John's art taps a deep Americana vibe echoing the past while defining the moment. An avid collector of records, posters and pop culture artifacts Rutherford’s interests, experience and environment provide a wealth of reference material and inspiration. Not only a player but long a fan, promoter and chronicler of popular music, Rutherford employs a keen eye and an ability to capture the essence of an artist, project or event.

While these words provide an introduction to the work at JohnRDesign only the images articulate the vibe, power and intention of John's designs so please have a look through the galleries and let us know what you think.

Contact JohnRDesign:

403 923 5646


Music Mile

The Blues Can

Ironwood Stage

Tim Williams

BBQ on the Bow Festival

Little Kim Retallick

Okotoks Roots & Blues Festival

Pete Johnson Red Shoes Music

Oscar Lopez

Jory Kinjo


Stephen Fearing

LowdenProud Records

Mikey's Juke Joint

Peter North Productions

Bluesland Horn Band

BeatRoute Magazine

John Wort Hannam

Prime Time Big Band

Rembetika Hipsters

Steve Pineo