The educational Blue Pencil Blog by Design Historian Paul Shaw has posted a wonderful endorsement of our self-initiated project, Display. Shaw has effectively captured what Display is aiming to accomplish: "a website that seeks to maintain high editorial and curatorial standards. Much of it is either the work of lesser-known designers or the lesser-known work of well-known designers. None of this work appears in the histories of graphic design."
It's been a busy 2009 and 2010 and we're grateful to be working on some exciting projects: e-commerce website for kids tees, logo + website for a sustainable architecture firm, website + blog for a filmmaker, visual identity for an Italian restaurant, website + cms for an art historian, website for a book on nyc subways, website + blog for an art bookseller and a new Kind Company identity and website. Oh yes, we also have a twitter account where we talk about design, design history, books and collecting.
The superb Silver Lining Blog asked us to participate in their Top 5 feature. Our top 5 graphic design magazines represent a distinct point of view about mid-century graphic design, typography and beyond. Through thoughtful (sometimes critical) articles and opinions, book reviews, visually stimulating design and the introduction of important, lesser-known designers, these magazines successfully documented contemporary and historical German, Italian, Japanese and Swiss design to new, international audiences.
John DiMarco has written an all-inclusive guide - from theory to practice - for print and Web design. We're happy to see several of our projects showcased in the following informative chapters: Communication Goals, Conceptualization and Planning, Theory and Principles (Hierarchy) and Design: Definition and Devices (Consistency).
In our attempt to engage in graphic design history projects, we've launched Display - an archive of important, modern, mid 20th century graphic design books, periodicals and ephemera. Larry Weinberg says it best: "The emphasis here is on curated - Display is tightly edited and, befitting its material, visually clean and coherent. The collection contains images and curatorial information about a host of important and influential modernist graphic designers from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Italy."
1000 Tips by 100 Graphic Designers by Matteo Cossu showcases work from a selection of designers while providing tips to the graphic design enthusiast. Our Thoughts on Democracy Poster is featured along with our 10 tips inspired by our graphic design collection of books and ephemera. Tip #1: Discover graphic design pioneers and their contributions.
Our Alvin Lustig Archive project is among good company in Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vits', Graphic Design Referenced, A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design. "Kind Company has built the definitive online presence for this design, whose work has been highly celebrated and influential – now, even more so".
We're proud to be included in a new book, Fresher Styles for Web Designers, More Eye Candy from the Underground by Curt Cloninger. The chapter we're featured in is called "Latest Modern Style". We particularly like Curt's description of the kind company website: "The contrast of understated typeface and overstated type size creates an arresting tension - kind of like whispering loudly". Well said.
We're very excited to be included in The Wolfsonian Museum's Thoughts on Democracy exhibition, comprised of posters created by 60 leading contemporary artists and designers, inspired by American illustrator Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" posters of 1943. On view and free to the public in The Wolfsonian lobby July 5 - December 7, 2008
Our Alvin Lustig web site has been featured as a case study in a new book: Becoming a Digital Designer by Steven Heller and David Womack. This book is packed with interviews and illustrations and covers everything from education to preparing an effective portfolio and finding a job. This is an ideal starting point for anyone considering a career in the digital design world.
We're included in STEP's Emerging Talent List, 2008. "Their website devoted to Alvin Lustig reveals a commitment to design history couched in a firm understanding of how the new - or not so new anymore - media will serve us all in communicating and educating. They are not prettifying designers, but designer/authors with a true vision." - Steven Heller