* Published : Moo Blog - Inspiration Article //

* pleased to have my new Funnel : Eric Kass branding and work for Forget Computers, So Good Mojo Co. , Lyon Distilling Company, Waxing Kara Honey House featured in an article on the moo.com blog // Full Article » For these 3 Designers, Fonts Come First


* Design : Funnel Gold Metal Business Card //

* New Funnel : Commercial Art identity featuring gold business cards made from .5 mm stainless steel with matte brass finish and screen printed black plus chemically etched artwork/holes. Can you guess what the configuration of holes represent? Email me your guess and contact information if you would like me to mail you a card//

* Design : Pour Your Heart Into It //

* Cheers to good spirits and distilling dreams in 2018! So appreciate everyone’s support, interest, shares, likes and commissions which make my dream possible. Excited about new creative collaboration opportunities so reach out if you are interested in working together. Visit my redesigned & totally updated site F U N N E L.T V with new photos of classic work & a bunch of exciting new work on the way! wishing everyone a happy, healthy & productive new year!//


* Design : Tailored Twig Video Book Promo //

* Recently designed a nifty video book promo ( that fits right in on my shelf of books ) for the amazing Darin Bahl owner/creative guru at Tailored Twig Floral and Design Studio. Darin commissioned me to create his brand way back in 2012 and he has been an inspiration/pleasure to collaborate with ever since building out the brand as his business has blossomed. See everything from letterpress business cards/tags and engraved letterhead to custom brass and steel signage in the Tailored Twig case study on my site. Since the beginning his loyal companion Winthrop has been our muse and shows up prominently in the film Darin produced for this piece with an embedded screen featuring the film and a slide show complete with sound and controls. This beautiful, innovative and interactive piece is definitely a unique, memorable way to tell their story//


* Design : New Funnel Commercial Art Brand //

* New Funnel Commercial Art brand in the works ( short run of test cards with metallic gold from moo.com ) custom die-cut metal cards to come! — funnel.tv in transition and more fun stuff and new work on the way in the new year! //


* Design : Brand in Hand – The Art of the Business Card Book //

* A few years ago, after being published in a stack of books over the years, I was honored and excited to be commissioned by Rockport publishers to author/design/edit the tenth installment of their Best of Business Card Design series. Unfortunately after retitling and designing the book, gathering, editing and photographing business card submissions from around the world and asking several experienced high profile designers to contribute essays about business cards the project was permanently shelved. I’ve always thought the book was going to be amazing and wish some form of it could still happen. Featured in these layouts are business cards that I’ve designed over the years that are all part of comprehensive branding/identity commissions. Below is the the introduction I wrote:


Connection: We all desire it. Whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or intellectual, personally and professionally, we all need it. Online communication is somewhat of a connection contradiction—sharing intensely but from a distance. We reveal ourselves with ease and efficiency like never before but from behind a screen—wonderful in-depth dialogues and relationships without the limitations of proximity or time but neglecting nuance and palpability. 

A hunger for multidimensional, sensual experiences to enhance and balance our digital life has awakened an appreciation for nostalgic and specialty printing processes, injecting a sense of humanity in the form of wonderful imperfections, limitations, and quirks. From silk-screened concert posters to letterpress printed business cards, hand-crafted printing provides a tangible and physical connection to the communications mix. Ironically, the sharing of photos of finely printed materials online has helped to inspire and educate the public on the variety of printing options available. 

Affordable, easy-to-use technology and access to create and distribute on a global scale has broken down most of the barriers that were previously points of differentiation, creating a saturated market. So what do we have left? Us, brand in hand—the exclusivity of the individual or organization, each one unique and wonderful in its own way. This has never been more apparent or relevant than now when we have access to so many technologies new and old, virtual and physical, with the ability to express our individuality while building communities of understanding. 

The cards selected for this book are tactile objects of desire developed with unique materials, processes, or content creating immersive, personal experiences triggering memories, emotions, and communication that tell a larger story and unquestionably make a connection.” _Eric Kass //


* Design : Big Pile of Business Cards Designed by Eric Kass //

* Pictured are a few older examples of the many business cards I’ve designed over the years. Each represents one small piece of more comprehensive branding/identity systems. I love experimenting with substrates and printing processes to create truly memorable work. Used here are varying weights and types of paper, canvas, metal, and plastic featuring offset lithography, letter press, silkscreen, engraving, embossing, rubber/foil stamping and die-cutting. The tactical production process and materials not only grab attention but become an integral part of informing the design and telling each unique brand narrative// » click photo to enlarge «


* Design : Bigger Picture Show 8 - How to Succeed... Poster //

* Excited to have been invited to participate in the 8th annual Bigger Picture Show recreating the movie poster for How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying. The 1967 musical comedy and motto has always reminded me to let go and have fun with my work and business. This years show theme 8 TRAX celebrated movies with music. Posters were available by silent auction at the 1899 in Central State Village on Friday, May 12, 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//


* Travel : The Switzerland of North America //

* Took a wintery January trip to Denver, Colorado to start off 2017 and meet with the talented Lauren Condell to work on a new, unique, artisanal food delivery brand that is coming soon! Between meetings had a chance to explore Denver shooting photos of vintage signs and scouring vintage stores searching for inspiration. Also had the pleasure of meeting Madeleine, the owner & creative curator extraordinaire of the boutique Sub Rosa Mercantile in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver. //

1. Trip Ephemera + Souvenirs
2. Union Station, Denver, Colorado
3. Vintage Brown Palace Hotel matchbook, Denver, Colorado
4 – 6. Sub Rosa Merchantile, Sunnyside, Denver, Colorado
7.  The Mayan Theatre, Denver, Colorado
8. Lakeside Park Amusement Park, Denver Colorado
9 – 12.  Vintage Signage Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado
13. Bluebird Theater, Denver, Colorado
14. The Denver Turnverein, Denver, Colorado  


* Design : The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things //

* Excited to be included again by long time friend Fabien Barral ( aka Mr. Cup ) to design a page with quote provided in his 2017 Letterpress Calendar – The Creative Manifesto. The calendar was letterpress printed in France at Studio Pression, can be purchased in the Mr. Cup Shop and features work by a dozen awesome artists. Letterpress plate photo by Fabien Barral //


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

* Proud to have my work from over the decades 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.


* Travel : Patron, Peaks, Parks and Provo //

* Had a great trip to Provo, Utah to meet with new patron Rustica Hardware. Check out their site to see the rebranding and new site design I have been working with the talented Rustica creative officer, Ed McCulloch and prolific artist/designer/founder Paul Allen to create — catalog and packaging work to come. In between meetings I explored Provo, Salt Lake City and took a road trip to Zion National Park. Wish I would of had time to visit the other four National Parks in the area, during their 100 year anniversary, and add their park stamps to my National Parks passport book. //

1. Trip Souvenirs
2. Zion National Park
3. The Old Brigham Young University Women's Gymnasium, Provo, Utah
4. Trophies Rustica Hardware Board Room, Springville, Utah
5. Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
6. B and H Pharmacy, Provo, Utah
7. Steering Stark Auto, Sugar House, Salt Lake City, Utah
8. Salt Lake Costume Co., Salt Lake City, Utah


* 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