Rodger Motiska Design is the successor of the nationally renowned firm Design/Joe Sonderman; whose work includes the design of logos for the City of Charlotte, Charlotte Motor Speedway and the University of South Carolina, the design of custom sign systems and sales centers for celebrated resorts such as Kiawah Island, Wild Dunes and Stratton Mountain, and exhibit design for hands-on science museums such as Discovery Place, SciTrek and Denver’s Hall of Life.


Following founder Joe Sonderman’s retirement in 2003, longtime associates Rodger Motiska and Tim Gilland took ownership of the firm; incorporating as DJS Design.  The firm quickly established itself as a leader in the growing field of environmental graphic design, with an emphasis on college athletic facilities and campus wayfinding.


In 2009 Rodger took over leadership of the firm; capitalizing on over 35 years of leadership in the field of environmental graphic design, the firm focuses on experiential design that transforms the built environment into compelling visitor experiences.


Our work has been recognized and published nationally including Design Achievement awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America, gold awards from the Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Communication Arts Magazine (CA) and PRINT.



 With over thirty years of experience, Rodger Motiska brings a unique blend of management and creative skills to the projects that he is involved in.  He has held positions as the Marketing Communications Manager for the divisions of two Fortune 500 companies, Vice President of an advertising agency and Director of Design for a leading supplier of commercial playground equipment to the fast food industry.


His experience includes the design of campus wayfinding plans for Wachovia’s headquarters’ campus, Furman University, Catawaba College and Stetson University, park & greenway master sign plans for the City of Raleigh and Mecklenburg counties and work for major developers such as Crescent Resources, Childress Klein, Lincoln Harris and Trammel Crow.  Environmental graphic design projects for university athletics including Boston College, Missouri, NC State, Nebraska, University of Richmond, Syracuse and UCONN.


Rodger has a B.S. degree in Industrial Design from Kent State University and has completed graduate studies in marketing and business administration.  He is a member of the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD) and has published articles on master-planning and exhibit design.  His work has received awards from the Industrial Designers of America, SEGD, American Corporate Identity, and the American Advertising Federation.


7619 Rathlin Court    Charlotte, NC  28270     P 704.376.0803