Piktograf is a boutique graphic design studio located high atop Printers Row in Chicago, Il. We specialize in web, print and brand identity with design solutions for a wide spectrum of clientele ranging from Fortune 100 companies to independent startups.

The piktograf (or pictograph) is considered one of the most elemental and elegant forms of design and truly embodies our design aesthetic: simple, clean, instantly recognizable, and universally understandable. We take these qualities and weave them into every project that comes our way. Our business is about effectively communicating your message to the world. We achieve that in the spirit of the mighty pictograph.

Piktograf was founded by Khurram Bajwa and John Ryan. Experienced designers with a penchant for cutting edge design and face melting innovation.

Khurram Bajwa
Senior Graphic Designer // Web Developer

Khurram is a Senior Designer & Developer at Piktograf, & co-founder of the Studio with John. Ever the academic journeyman, Khurram studied neurobiology & history @ Boston University, & later graphic design @ Parsons New School For Design. It's from his eclectic areas of expertise that he draws much of his design philosophy & aesthetic style. He also likes gadgets.

John Ryan
Senior Graphic Designer // Web Developer

John is a Senior Designer & Web Developer at Piktograf. With a background in Graphic Design & Communications, John cut his teeth in the business world before co-founding Piktograf. When John is not plugged into his workstation he can be found on the streets of downtown Chicago riding his ever growing collection of vintage bikes.

Sidra Malik
Director of Communications

Sidra is the Director of Communications at Piktograf. Her background is in Visual Communications & Graphic Arts from Purdue University & Media Studies from New School University. Sidra has an obsession with gorgeous print & typographic design, stunning photography, & various abstract styles throughout “modern” art history. Sid can be found at various shows around the city or attempting to improve her chef skills.