Our H.Q.: The barn is over 200 years old and was once home to Cannondale Bicycles. It’s drafty. We love it. Come visit.
Visitors can wait in our downstairs lounge
where they can catch up on their reading,
check email, or forge horseshoes.
Brides can make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase.
Like a lot of designers, we collect a lot of cool old things. Notice we said “collect,” not “hoard.” Thank you.
After client presentations we repair to the “kiss and cry” area to await the judges’ scores.
This must have been taken on a Casual Friday.
All of our team members are warriors, trained
from early childhood to master a variety of unorthodox skills and make quick, non-standard decisions under extreme conditions.
We enjoy designing books, but they really are
a labor of love. We’ve designed maybe 60 books and have lost our shirt on every single one. We don’t know how other firms do it. But we’re
suckers, and if something really interesting
comes along, we’ll sign up to do it every time.
Here’s our conference room, with Charlie the office mascot holding court as usual.
OK, that’s a lie. We never bring him into the office because his favorite thing to do is eat paper, wait a few minutes, then throw it back up. So having him underfoot in this paperful place is pretty much a catastrophe. But he does help make for a more interesting photo. So let’s just call him a prop.
Another view of the kitchen area, with an old sign from an exhibit we designed for the Cooper-Hewitt. (Someone managed to unbolt and steal one of these from the fence surrounding the museum. On Fifth Avenue. In the middle of the day.)
The espresso machine is always going. As is
the peanut butter jar.
The designers' work area, filled with optimism, expectation, and books.
Alex plows all his profits into books. (Ours is
not a paperless office.)
Who sits on a bookshelf up over our heads?
We have an innovative internship program.
We have “clean hands.” (You designers who
were around in the pre-digital age know what
Our color-correct proofing room makes our skin tones look healthy and youthful.
A little lunch en plein air.
We have deep-fried traditions. (Seals in the juices.)
Yes, they are. Always.
Our high-tech lighting control system. Holy
A wall of clocks, all on Eastern Standard Time, showing mission-critical locations such as the local liquor store.
In times of pain and despair we always look
to the good book for words of comfort and fellowship.
Oh, you shouldn’t have. Really.
The new business-bell. Can we ring you up?
2nite we’re gonna to party like it’s 1976.
A trip down memory lane.
Here’s a collection of name tags from different conferences and events. If part of our role is
to communicate and be out there and involved
in our world, then we need to communicate
and be out there and involved in our world.
Of all of our awards, we think this one is the coolest (along with our Golden Trowel Award from Garden Writers Association of America). Really.
Yee-ha! Some of our logos applied to a stock
car fender, which always makes them look
their best. That’s just racin’.
Golden Flavoring is available for an extra charge.
We pity the fools that don’t know how to dress appropriately.
Repository of rejected ideas.
No matter how much wall space we have, it always seems to disappear once we get going on something.
Behold the trusty iPhone, pumping the wattage
into our cottage 24/7.
It takes a lot of effort to make something seem effortless.
As a farewell, our house mariachi band bids you a fond and heartfelt “Adios!” Thank you for stopping by.