* Design : Bovaconti Coffee Signage Interior / Exterior Design //

* _patron ::: Bovaconti Coffee { Indianapolis / Indiana _United States } // _commission ::: branding / identity / signage / menu / packaging / interior/exterior design consulting //

* Design : Lyon Rum — Windon Distilling 2020 Bandana //

_patron ::: Lyon Rum : Windon Distilling { St. Michael / Maryland _United States } // _commission ::: bandana ( new design in 3 colors ) //


* Interview : AIGA INDY //

Describe yourself in one sentence.

Curious, compulsive collector and curator with a passion for process and personal connection who hopes to add something constructive, joyful and lasting to a larger cultural conversation through creating intellectually inspired and emotionally heartfelt work.

Where do you work/go to school?

I work at my company Funnel : Bespoke Brands but everyday feels like school too. Its an opportunity to hone skills, expand understanding and learn from mistakes which is why I also refer to my company as Funnel : The Fine Commercial Art Practice of Eric Kass. Funnel refers to the process of inputting information + inspiration and distilling it down to its essence which is both me as a designer and the service I provide my patrons.

Favorite program/tools to use for designing?

I use Adobe Illustrator for everything, even things I probably shouldn’t, but I love the intuitive quick way I can work. Feels like a large digital table top that I can make a big mess on, as I work creating things spontaneously and refining as I go. I also use Photoshop quite a bit.

Design hero?

Charles S. Anderson. His firm’s work was born from his personal perspective and inspired by design history with an intimate understanding of production processes and cultural context has influenced me from the beginning. Appreciate their ability to do large scale commissioned work, as well as, developing their own revenue streams through licensed artwork and products. 

Favorite thing to do outside of work?

I truly do live and love what I do so my life and work are totally integrated. My personal interests directly inform and inspire my business and creative output. I enjoy exploring everything from National/State Parks, to all sizes of cities, museums and scouring vintage stores for inspiration. I often post photo essays of my adventures on my blog and share my vintage finds and collection on my site Ephemerotica.com. Music is a vital source for enjoyment, inspiration and comfort. I frequent my neighborhood record shop Luna Music in Broad Ripple, catch live shows at the HI-FI in Fountain Square and enjoy my record collection on my dad’s hand-me-down 1970’s stereo.

Favorite place in Indy?

Love the meditative nature of the hiking trails, nature center and “The Ruins” at Holliday Park. Also, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a favorite serene spot for inspiration, education and reflection.

How and why did you get involved with AIGA?

I was first introduced to AIGA in art & design school at Ball State University in 1990. Seems impossible now, but the Internet wasn’t around yet so AIGA was a great way to connect with other creatives everywhere and to have access to professional resources, information and news. 

Approximately how long have you been involved with the organization?

On and off for 30 years.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on Misha’s Kind Foods ( vegan cheese ), Amped Kitchens ( commercial kitchens ), Patterns World Inc. ( fashion clothing patterns ) all in Los Angeles. Urban Umbrella ( Modern Scaffolding ) in NYC. Backyard Feed Co. ( organic non-GMO subscription chicken feed ) in Florida. Neely’s Nest ( pet home goods ) in Connecticut. Lyon Rum ( Windon Distilling ) in St. Michaels Maryland. Forget Computers ( professional services for Apple technology ) in Chicago plus various other projects.

Any projects you want to highlight?

Lyon Rum, Windon Distilling, in St. Michaels Maryland, who I’ve been working with since their beginning six years ago has grown an evolved into a successful boutique distillery. I created their brand, identity and a flexible packaging system that could be easily and efficiently adapted on the go to work for a variety of experimental small batches as they dialed in their core line of products and increased sales and distribution. Recently I designed new more sophisticated, foil stamped, embossed and die-cut packaging for a permanent line of five liqueurs and three rums with more exciting things to come.

* Check out the feature on AIGA Indy here » Member Monday : Eric Kass 


* Design : Forget Computers ( Offline Edition ) Newspaper //

* Forget Computers : Chicago, Illinois : “Offline Edition” quarterly newspaper printed newsletter/poster — 1st Quarter Theme now more relevant than ever “Change” — mailed end of February but you can still request yours from forgetcomputers.com / brand + design + photo by Funnel : EricKass //


* Design : Lyon Rum New Packaging //

* Lyon Rum : Windon Distilling, St. Michaels, Maryland : new foil stamped, embossed packaging for White, Dark & Saliors Rum that went into production right before the lockdown //


* 02 / 29 : 2020 Leap Day //

* Make today extraordinary by embracing the ephemeral ether of an extra twenty-four hours! // ( Limited Edition 5" x 7" print available at FUNNEL.TV —*** CURIOSITIES *** )


* 0202 : 2020 Ubiquitous Palindrome / Groundhog Day //

* today Sunday, February, 2nd 2020 is an extremely rare eight-digit “ubiquitous palindrome” that works whether you write the date as ( month/day/year ) or ( day/month/year ) internationally — it’s also Groundhog Day here in the United States where in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania ten’s of thousands gather at Gobbler’s Knob to see if a groundhog dubbed “Phil” sees his shadow meaning six more weeks of winter or doesn’t meaning an early spring — no shadow this year! //


* Design : Sonder Social Club – Cocktail Bar : Dunedin, Florida //

* Sonder Social Club : Dunedin, Florida : branding / signage / menu // enjoyed working with husband and wife team Christina and Zachary to develop their new cocktail bar concept ( sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own ) //


* Design : Soy Love Candles //

* Soy Love Candles : Hanover Pennsylvania : branding / packaging / site / photography // always a pleasure working with Stacey at Soy Love to continue developing their growing brand — visit soy-love-candles.com for dozens of fine fragrances //


* Design : Cocktail + Bath //

* Cocktail + Bath : Upland California : branding / packaging / site / photography // super fun working with Theresa at Cocktail + Bath to develop her brand of quality hand-made soaps and bath products ( body scrub / body butter / body soap / charcoal & pink mask ) complete with cocktail recipes and foil stamped coaster designed to relax & rejuvenate //


* Exhibition : // Gestalt Alumni Exhibition // – Ball State University School of Art //

* honored to have been invited to participate in the Ball State University Gestalt Alumni Exhibition and speak to students in a panel of included artists. Awesome to see some of my work from the early 90’s to 2019 in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery in the Ball State University School of Art. I designed four posters specifically for the show to highlight my newest personal identity, branding and packaging for Lyon Distilling Co., A Monumental Affair architecture awards show branding with hand sculpted awards and a large 36 x 48 poster featuring 120 logos. In the display cases were dozens of business cards that are all part of larger branding identity systems I have designed on various materials using speciality printing processes over the years. The “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” has been a personal motto and favorite musical movie from 1967 which I was invited to design a poster for The Bigger Picture Show and silent auction benefiting the Indy Film Fest. I graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and it meant a lot after all of these years of hard work to be recognized and welcomed back to where it all began //