Zilligen Design Studio, Inc.


CZDS works with brands to develop unique visual identities and executes design essentials to help reinforce existing ones.


Officially founded in 2018, Zilligen Design Studio is the agile sports branding design boutique of CJ Zilligen.



In August of 2017, after nearly 4 years of in-house design for a popular sandwich chain, graphic designer CJ Zilligen left behind a comfortable job to dedicate more time to meaningful projects and create opportunities to work with brands and other artists in the sports branding industry. The following calendar year, a small, self-titled, one-man team called “CJ Zilligen Design Studio” was born.

The studio has since renamed to provide flexibility for growth, but the focus has remained the same – build unique visual identities and custom typography for brands of the sports industry. ZDS is capable and flexible, with projects ranging from building unique and thorough brand logo systems to executing design essentials that reinforce existing ones. Its artistic approach is intended to tell a story and problem solve in a style that intersects detail and durability, keeping the client involved in the process to ensure the design is appropriate and effective. No project is too big or too small.

Select clients & creative partners: WWE, Salt Lake Stallions & Orlando Apollos of the AAF, BodyArmor, Holy Cross University, University of Tennessee, Greensboro College, Northwestern University, St. John’s University, Joe Bosack & Co., Torch Creative


CJ Zilligen is a self-taught graphic designer currently residing in Greenville, SC that has been working with brands of the sports industry since 2010. His career began designing t-shirt graphics for soccer and cross country teams for the two different hit schools he attended in the Chicagoland area.

In late 2012, he attended North Central College to pursue a Graphic Arts degree while maintaining a steady flow of freelance work in a shared college dorm. Before completing a full year, he dropped out in 2013 to allow his freelancing career to progress. Later that year, he was hired as an in-house graphic designer for Jimmy John’s at the age of 19.

The opportunity provided a breadth of real-world experience, with projects including: ad campaign design, online advertisement animation, store design, product packaging, typeface design, NASCAR designs, directing photoshoots, icon design, app & website design, and more.


Follow Zilligen Design Studio on Instagram: @cjzilligen