Kit Hinrichs

Graphic Designer / United States / Studio Hinrichs

Kit Hinrichs founded Studio Hinrichs in October 2009, following 23 years as a partner of the international design firm, Pentagram. Prior to that, he was a partner in the design consultancy, Jonson, Pedersen Hinrichs & Shakery. Over the past few decades, Kit has been an influential force in graphic design. Included among the hundreds of projects that he has design directed are the California Academy of Sciences graphic identity program, Sony Metreon Entertainment Complex interior graphics, United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine, Design Within Reach identity and catalogue, and countless annual report, corporate identity, packaging, exhibition, editorial, and promotional campaign programs. He is also the co-founder and design director of @Issue: Journal of Business and Design, which is now an online magablog—

Kit has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His work has been honored and widely published internationally and several of his pieces are part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design. Kit is also the co-author of several books and a much sought-after guest speaker on design. An avid collector of Stars and Stripes memorabilia, his collection of over 3,000 objects has been exhibited across the country and in Japan, and presented in the book Long May She Wave (2001).

He is a Fellow, past executive board member and most recently (2004) a Medalist of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and a member of the distinguished Alliance Graphique Internationale. Currently, he serves as a trustee of his alma mater, Art Center College of Design, and on the Accessions Design and Architecture committee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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