Long-time client Michael Heltzer has just launched a beautifully designed line of furniture. Sticking to his strong architectural roots and his love for dogs—he is the force behind Henry Dog Design. Some of it is for dogs, some is for people. But what he did that is so interesting is create a line that marries people and dog furniture—so you no longer have a weird fluffy dog bed in your beautifully designed home. See more at henrydogdesign.com.
The new Pritzker Prize Laureate for 2016 is a fascinating architect from Chile. While working with his images for the last few months—we have developed a deep respect for his involvement with social issues and how architecture and the built environment can make a difference in the world (and buildings) we live in.
The bulk of our work is related to large-scale branding programs. One component is the brand’s logo.
We have compiled a few (ok—a lot) that we have designed over the years.
Our building in Chicago has a remarkable history—including the fact that Laszlo Moholy-Nagy was a tenant from 1939-1944. During that time he brought the ideals of the New Bauhaus to Chicago, formed the School of Design (on the second floor), renamed it the Institute of Design which eventually became part of IIT.
As the building is undergoing a major renovation, the existing facade mural of Moses (painted by Tom Melvin) has replaced with an iconic image of Laszlo (also painted by Tom Melvin). We think it is a great evolution.
One of the biggest challenges (and opportunities) in the business of branding and communication is clarity. Sometimes it is supported by copy, sometimes imagery, sometimes media choices. It can be informational, aspirational or just interesting enough to have the audience pay attention. An ad series for Cadillac has been running in countless magazines with the goal of making you want to buy the latest model – or at least change your perception of the brand (?) It made me think, once again, of how complicated things can appear – and how daring clarity can be.
We were introduced to David by Greg Bear and worked with both of them to design the Kertzer website (davidkertzer.com). A prolific writer – it is difficult to imagine the depth of research he goes through, or how he even gets access to some of his information.
I highly recommend The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and have just started The Pope and Mussolini – which just won the Pulitzer Prize for biography. Congratulations to David!
The new Laureate for 2015 is a fascinating and prolific individual, Frei Otto.
It is almost impossible to have an effect on a field as broad as architecture, but Mr. Otto influenced, altered and evolved the profession by focusing on engineering, nature, human need, complexity and simplicity. Truly inspirational.
We were recently asked to design and produce a print piece for photographer Jeff Kauck, featuring his fine art imagery. His photography and prints from a fascinating study of Cumberland Island, Georgia were so exquisite it had us stepping back to a technique that we hadn’t used in many years—printed tri and quad tones.
Utilizing selected black ink densities and grey variations to match the tonal ranges of Jeff’s prints—the final printing by Active on Mohawk Superfine—matched the original prints beautifully.
See more of Jeff’s work at http://www.jeffkauckfineartphotography.com
We just received advanced copies of a book we worked on for the last two years. It is a fascinating story about Mies, the design of the IBM Building and his impact on the architecture of Chicago.
Written by Robert Sharoff and photographed by Bill Zbaren, the book also delves into the adaptive reuse of the IBM Building by the Langham Hotel Group as well as other Chicago landmarked buildings.
Available soon on Amazon and in Langham gift shops around the world.
One of the most inspirational architects in the world was recently awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The award ceremony was in Amsterdam this year and the entire event was shown live on pritzkerprize.com.
This amazing technology allowed journalists and fans all around the globe to be a part of this wonderful event.