Principal and Creative Director of Studio Hinrichs, San Francisco
Kit Hinrichs studied at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. He served as principal in several design offices in New York and San Francisco before spending 23 years (1986-2009) as a partner of Pentagram, the international consultancy. In 2009 Hinrichs opened an independent design firm in San Francisco called Studio Hinrichs. Hinrichs’s design experience incorporates a wide range of projects, including corporate communications, promotion, packaging, editorial and exhibition design.
In addition to teaching 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, Hinrichs has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Design Conference, AIGA National Conferences, the How Conference and numerous other design associations and Universities worldwide. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress. He is co-author of five books, including Typewise, Long May She Wave and The Pentagram Papers.
Hinrichs’ list of distinguished clients includes United Airlines, Sappi Fine Papers, Design Within Reach, Muzak, Gymboree, University of Southern California, Safeco, Museum of Glass, Symantec, KQED, the San Francisco Zoo, Restoration Hardware and many more.
During his career he founded @Issue: The Journal of Business and Design, was chair of the AIGA California Show (the first regional show in AIGA’s 85-year history), co-chaired the Alliance Graphique Internationale San Francisco Congress, chaired the AIGA Business Conference and San Francisco Design Lecture Series and launched the @Issue Design Conference. Hinrichs is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA medal in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the field of graphic design and visual communication.
Hinrichs is a past executive board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He has been an Art Center trustee since 1996.
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