* 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


* Speaker : Etsy Up Conference //

* Had a great time speaking and participating in a panel discussion ( watch the video above ) 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//


* 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 ***