Kit Hinrichs is a major force in the design world. He is an AIGA Medal winner, former partner at the ever-influential Pentagram, and founder of his own Studio Hinrichs. His list of accomplishments is impressive, but admittedly a very long read. So instead we present to you: the top five reasons you should hear Mr. Hinrichs speak. But believe us, there are plenty more.
1) One word: Pentagram.
Pentagram has long been recognized as a leading design firm. They constantly churn out award-winning work and designers. So it’s no small feat that Kit Hinrichs drew their attention with his own firm, then partnered with Pentagram for 23 years. It started when Kit paired up with three others, opening a branch of their Jonson, Pedersen, Hinrichs & Shakery firm in San Francisco. Pentagram teamed up with Hinrichs to make this studio into the Pentagram West Coast branch. When Kit felt the time was right, he founded his own firm: Studio Hinrichs.
2) Collector’s Item
There’s something to be said for the avid collector. It shows a focus and a passion from deep within. And it just so happens that Kit Hinrichs is one of those passionate collectors. His biggest collection is of American flags and other “Stars and Stripes” memorobilia, which have been featured in a number of books and galleries.
3) “Time Bridges”
Kit is always on top of trends because he stays inspired. One thing that keeps Kit going is seeing how everything comes back to design. Owen Edwards said, “Kit talks about ‘time bridges’ that constantly connect his past lives with his present work. Everything—his Boy Scout merit badges, old Popular Mechanics magazines that he reads as a kid with their ‘little columns of stuff,’ even the King James Bible ‘red letter’ edition with important passages in red—comes into play today.”* We’re all hoping Kit explains these “time bridges” in more detail, to clue us in on how he stays inspired.
4) War Stories
According to the Studio Hinrichs blog, Kit will be covering “case studies, personal projects, war stories and professional tips from his 40 plus years in the field.” This alone should be reason enough.
5) It’s Why We’re Here
Kit Hinrichs is a prime example for why Art Director’s Club of Tulsa exists. We want you to stay inspired, in the know, and in the loop. Come out to Living Arts and do just that. We’ll see you there Thursday, March 28 2013 at 6:30 (talk starts at 7:30, don’t miss it). You’ll also want to visit with our amazing event sponsors, Sappi.
Update 3/26: Cost to see this amazing designer? Only $25 for not-yet members, and $10 for students. Members get in free!
*Original source, “Hunter Gatherer,” Profile Pentagram Design, Phaidon, 2004. Found on the AIGA profile for Kit Hinrichs, here: http://www.aiga.org/medalist-kithinrichs/