A studio focused on branding and publication design
Self-published by Plainspoke, PORT smith is a journal of art, words, culture, place that shares the visual, written and experiential work of creators from seacoast New Hampshire and southern Maine. The editorial and design concept is based on direct presentation of work within an ad-free format. Published twice a year, the journal is available for sale at local retailers and bookshops, as well through a dedicated website port-smith.com.
Brand identity for Frost, master weavers and retailers of blankets made by hand using traditional weaving tools. Every aspect of the Frost business flows from the core belief that to respect and care for our fellow humans, and the world we inhabit, is to operate on a scale as close to human as possible. We developed a coordinated brand image that reflected those values and beliefs as well as the product quality offered by Frost.
The Winsor School Admission and Development
A range of publication and print design projects supporting both admission and development efforts at a private all-girls school in Boston.
Promotional booklet for artist Kim Faler featuring a range of installation, sculpture and photography projects. Digital printing with varied page sizes and singer-sewn binding using blue thread.
Depictions of the osprey, commonly sighted on 400-acre Chewonki Neck along mid-coast Maine, have been a recurring symbol of this environmental education organization for over 100 years. The new symbol — designed as part of a comprehensive branding initiative — is derived from a copper weathervane that sits atop one of the original campus buildings.
A publication was created to introduce the new identity and support student recruitment efforts for the Semester School. In keeping with the program’s mission, only FSC-certified and 100% post-consumer recycled paper stocks and soy-based inks were used in its production. Hand-drawn typography and design elements suggest the hands-on, do-it-yourself spirit of the school.
Michael Winters: Friends and Muses
204-page monograph published by photographer Michael Winters. Case bound with matte finish cover wrap. Silk coated paper stock with several fold-outs. Center section is printed on uncoated stipple finish paper.
Book release event posters
A large-scale branding, publications and environmental graphics program for Simmons College in Boston. The project scope includes refinement and standardization of the Simmons wordmark, development of typography and color palettes, art direction of photography and illustration. Our work also included the design and production of a wide range of publications for all five of the College’s graduate schools, undergraduate admissions, the president’s office, and other initiatives across the college.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The endowment campaign logo, identity and publication design system we created for this important national museum in Washington, DC conveys the same sense of respect, intensity and seriousness of purpose that the Museum’s architecture and exhibition design accomplish so successfully.
"Mega-Mag" promotional publication for artist Carly Glovinski. Inserts of varying sizes are printed on different paper stocks including a synthetic tear- and water-resistant paper for the map fold-out. Saddlestitch binding with duct tape across spine.