A 1958 design book stands the test of time

Looking back at a 1958 design book, 27 Chicago, I noticed some timeless design messages that still apply today. First, what was 27 Chicago? it was a series of self-promotional books that predated current “source books,” such as Workbook.com. The 1958 spiral-bound book highlighted 27 Chicago designers, illustrators, and typographers. Art directors and art buyers…

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Hatching an ad series

Brand Challenge: Hatching an Ad Series Motivated by it excellent personal service, the Berg-Salus Wealth Management Group decided to distinguish its wealth advisor group from the larger financial institution of which it was a part. Because “people buy from people whom they know and trust,” investors were not choosing the larger brand when they were…

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Expense is an important consideration

Challenge: Expense is an important consideration for HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program, a new nonprofit organization with a very limited budget. It is also a challenge for the designer. Undaunted, N-K created an identity and cost-effective design solutions. We used economical resources, including stock photos, online printing, low-cost copier printing, and ordinary office…

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What’s tonight’s topic?

“What’s tonight’s topic?” asked a St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA) member, as I was setting up the welcome table. I’m membership chair of SLPA, and I arrive early. It never fails that someone arrives just as early or even before I do! “Tom” (not his real name) was there when I arrived; this was a…

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How big is an ad?

How big is an ad? Specifically, how big is a 1/8-page ad?  This was a request I received a request from a client to create a 1/8-page ad for a charity program book, but the request came without specific information. This happens all the time! I immediately replied to both the client and the charity:…

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Remembering Corinne Richardson

I met Corinne Richardson at a St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA) “networking-blitz” meeting in December 2005. When she looked at my business card, she recognized the name, “Kodner,” and then we discovered we also had a mutual friend. She said, “I’m writing a book, and I’d like you to design it when it’s ready.” Several…

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