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Chuck Bates, Cofounder and Creative Director

Chuck Bates is Bates Design’s Creative Director and cofounding partner. With over three decades of design experience, Chuck has developed strategic design and award-winning marketing communications solutions for brands ranging from industrial and medical manufacturing to vacation travel and business services. He is an avid photographer and shoots much of the product and location photography for Bates Design projects. Chuck studied at Parson’s School of Design, New York, and University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art, where he received a BFA in Graphic Design, as well as studying bronze sculpting in Cortona, Italy. 


Being a lifelong coastal fisherman, Chuck’s off-hours are spent at his studio foundry creating and casting fine art bronze sculptures inspired by marine life along coastal South Carolina. 

George Bates, Designer and Illustrator

George is both a talented designer and illustrator, and brings a fresh approach to his creative work blending a keen sense for color with modern and old school techniques. With expertise in both print and web media and an affinity for brand management, he is at home in a multidisciplinary environment. George studied graphic design at SCAD in Savannah, GA., as well as the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, specializing in both fine arts and graphic design.


In his spare time, you can find George at the local thrift store looking for 1960's jazz albums and creating electronic soundtracks.

Suzanne Bates, Cofounder and Art Director/Designer

Suzanne Bates is co-founding partner of Bates Design, where she serves as Art Director and Graphic Designer. Suzanne’s early design experience began as a corporate communications Art Director in Atlanta. During her years with Bates Design she has created countless identities, brochures and editorial designs, and web sites, for a wide range of clients. Suzanne received a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art, and also studied sculpture and design in Cortona, Italy.


In Suzannes “down time”, she creates hand dyed textiles using Japanese Shibori, batik, and digital processes. Her textiles are available through on-line boutiques, and her website,

Suzanne Bates
George Bates
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