20160913

* Exhibition : AIGA Design Rewind Celebrating 25 Years of Design in Indianapolis //










* Proud to have been included in the AIGA Indy Design Rewind 25 Retrospective//

Over the last 25 years, Indianapolis has developed, changed and grown with exciting momentum. A large part of that growth is due to our local design community. The collective work of artists, designers, and entrepreneurs have positively impacted how this city looks, feels and thinks. Through this progression, AIGA Indy has been there every step of the way. We have molded leaders, facilitated connectivity, and inspired creatives to make meaningful differences. This September, AIGA Indy is turning 25 and will be hosting a design show in collaboration with Big Car. The entries will be selected, curated, and displayed in chronological order showing how Indianapolis has evolved over the years.  _AIGA Indy

_1995 : ART DIRECTORS CLUB OF INDIANA / The Best Show Materials / Design : Eric Kass
The annual design show, judged by nationally renowned designers, featured 100 of the best design pieces created from the year. Embracing our local Midwestern heritage I based the concept on a booklet called Van Pelt’s Cow Demonstration by Hugh G. Van Pelt which came free with your subscription to Dairy Farmer magazine in 1911. Along with several campy photos of Hugh oddly fondling cows was copy that seemed to directly relate to how we discussed and judged design.

“Beauty—Attractiveness of appearance, though hardly an essential to great production, should never be lost sight of, for, all other things being equal, the handsome cow will command the greatest respect when placed upon the market and will invariably sell for the highest price.” _Hugh G. Van Pelt

_2005 : PENROD ARTS FAIR / Identity + Poster / Design : Eric Kass
I designed the identity for the Penrod Arts Fair, and posters from 2003–2006, a local tradition since 1967 held on the grounds of The Indianapolis Museum of Art. I shot photos of the environment, architecture and sculptures to include on the poster combined with a variety of vintage found typestyles to reflect the diversity of art and people at the event. The logo marks the crossroads where art comes together, alludes to a painters palette and flower relating to the beautiful location and art.

_2015 : SOCIETY OF SALVAGE / Identity + Branding / Design : Eric Kass
Feeling beautifully weathered from decades of use the S.O.S. identity represents the mystical moment when we find a vintage object which unlocks something emotionally inside us. That magical personal feeling when we see then touch something rare and special. There is a sense of being in the club, a secret club, united by discovery. Society of Salvage is where that discovery occurs whether in the warehouse or on the web. Local pride and inspiration comes from the many extraordinary war memorials located in Indianapolis with similar historically mystic themes.
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20160824

* Travel : Looking Up after the Etsy Up Conference //



* After speaking at the Etsy Up conference at Parsons The New School for Design I stayed a few days exploring Manhattan, shooting photos and visiting museums, boutiques and restaurants. It was surface-of-the-sun-like hot but enjoyed experiencing so much inspiring architecture, signage, typography, design, food + drinks and wonderful old/new friends// 

1. Trip Ephemera + Souvenirs
2. Kate Spade Soho NYC
3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Colossal Statue of Pharaoh ( ca. 1919–1885 B.C. )
4. The Wolcott Hotel
5. 5th Avenue Rockefeller Center area
6. Minetta’s Tavern : Greenwich Village
7. Flatiron Building
8. Radio City Music Hall
9. Apple Store : 5th Avenue
10. Parsons : The New School for Design
11. Claudette : Greenwich Village

20160726

* Speaker : Etsy Up Conference //


* Had a great time speaking and participating in a panel discussion at the Etsy Up conference August 11 – 12, 2016 at Parson’s world-renowned design university, The New School, located in the heart of New York City, in the University Center building//

20160702

* Collection : For the Record //






















* My dad recently handed down to me his Epicure stereo setup he purchased in 1972 including tube amplifier and pyramid speakers which I added a modern U-turn Audio turntable. This has sparked a renewed interest in physical music and special limited edition vinyl collecting of classic and contemporary artists. Pictured are a few of my collection, many of which are from Luna Music an awesome, just down the block, Indianapolis record store and Newbury Comics . Through words, sound and vision these artists and albums endlessly inspire my life and work//

1. Soft Pow'r _Little Wings / 2. The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions _Seu Jorge / 3. Payola _Desaparecidos / 4. Lush Life _John Coltrane / 5. Golder _Haley Bonar / 6. Broken Bells / 7. Rivers and Stream _Lubomyr Melnyk / 8. Quiet is the New Loud _Kings of Convenience / 9. Spissy / 10. Illinoise _Sufjan Stevens / 11. A.M. _Wilco / 12. Nocturne _Wild Nothing / 13. 1989 _Ryan Adams / 14. Within and Without _Washed Out / 15. Easy Tiger _ Ryan Adams / 16. What's Going On _Marvin Gaye / 17. Chet Baker in New York / 18.  Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown _Vince Guaraldi Trio / 19. The Grey Album _Danger Mouse / Jay-Z / The Beatles / 20. Built on Glass _Chet Faker / 21. Kind of Blue _Miles Davis ***
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20160515

* Design : Bigger Picture Show 7 - Pollock Poster //



* Happy to be invited to recreate the movie poster for Pollock, an artist who greatly inspires my work and creative process, in the 7th annual Bigger Picture Show. This years celebration of the design community in Indianapolis was a sinfully fun look at vices in cinema featuring 68 re-imagined movie posters organized by the seven deadly sins. All posters were available by silent auction at the Basile Opera Center on Friday, May 13, with all proceeds benefiting the Indy Film Fest. The Bigger Picture Show is an annual fundraiser created and curated by Lodge Design to support a shared experience around film//

20160426

* Published : Logo Lounge Vol. 9 //

* 9 logos designed by Eric Kass featured in the book LogoLounge 9 / Rockport : 2015 — p. 23-2B / 63-3C / 65-2C / 71-2C / 87-5A / 112-1D / 112-3A / 148-1C / 167-4C //

20160401

* Published : Dotted Visuals – Polka Dots in Contemporary Graphic Design //


* Happy to have my branding / truck design for 3 Moms Icecream from Jacksonville, Florida featured in the book Dotted Visuals – Polka Dots in Contemporary Graphic Design published by SendPoints / Guangzhou, China. Thanks to Jeff Olson and Sophia Gholz founders of 3 Moms for the super fun opportunity// _click image for a larger view

20160314

* Interview : Obsessed with Design Podcast with Commercial Artist Eric Kass //

* Much appreciation to the multitalented Josh Miles for having me on his new podcast to discuss my personal creative process, philosophies and path. Listen to our conversation » Obsessed with Design Podcast with Commercial Artist Eric Kass along with other inspirational interviews from top design minds. Visit the Obsessed with Design site //


20160313

* Speaker : Ball State University //

* Always enjoy visiting my Alma Mater Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana to speak and critique. Had a great time speaking and presenting my work to the design students. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and attended art school in the old art building built in 1934 on The Quad. There is a wonderful art museum that has been expanded to fill most of the building with a superb eclectic collection. The new art building has more space and modern amenities but I still find the majestic old building and gallery to be quietly inspirational, a sort of creative meditation// 

1 – 3.  David Owsley Museum of Art Ball State University
4. Actaeon : 1925 _Paul Howard Manship
5. King Henry Rufus : 1955/65 _Wilfred Zogbaum
6. Under the Weight : 2015 _Allyssa Burch ( School of Art Student Gallery )
7. Scholar’s Rock _China
8. Amida Buddha : 1680 _Master Tokewaki