Kyle Richardson

Contact & Bio

My name is Kyle Richardson.
I graduated from the Cooper Union in 2012 with a BFA; focus in Graphic Design & Painting.

I'm a Graphic Designer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music,
a 2017 Public Access Design Fellow for the Center of Urban Pedagogy, and a sign maker for Aliadxs of Make the Road NY.

Email me at rylekich@gmail.com Resume + references available upon request.

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Wendy’s Subway

I designed the catalog for the 2017 Wendy’s Subway Reading Room at BAM. BAM Visual Art and the Humanities department teamed up with an outside organization, Wendy’s Subway, to host a reading room filled with submissions by BAM 2017 Next Wave performers, participating visual artists and independent libraries. The submissions the performers provided are personal syllabi that inspire their general practice and the specific works they are performing on our stages in this Next Wave season. I was tasked with making an identity that felt like neither BAM nor Wendy’s Subway, but also a melding of the two.
With Wendy’s subway not having as recognizable a brand as BAM, the melding of the two identities was a challenge. I wanted to make something that felt different from the two as it is a collaboration that exists only when both parties are together.

Sean McKeithan, BAM in-house copywriter, showed me a Wendy’s Subway tote that had a rectangular motif that reminded me of books on a shelf, I picked it up and used it as a pattern across the catalog. To further distance this identity, I used two different typefaces that are outside of the BAM identity; Sharp Grotesk and Adobe Caslon. The pattern was then used as a backsplash in the reading room. It is open to the public
Sep 14—Dec 23, 2017.

Tropical Fantasy

Tropical Fantasy is an art book using concrete poetry, contextual prose and old photos my grandfather defaced of himself and my grandmother together. The book is a play on the fotonovela, akin to the comic-book format but with photographs instead of illustrations.

When I was born, my grandmother moved from Puerto Rico to NYC to help my mother raise me. Married at a young age, my grandmother grew to love her independence out of the grips of a controlling husband, and decided not to go back. My grandfather, in turn, felt resentful and abandoned. He defaced most of their old photos together by cutting himself out, or by scribbling over his own face. He wrote many poems in the phone book lamenting his actions, but at times blamed her for their separation.

This is a self-initiated project, small run of 100 copies: 24 page, 5 color with Gold Metallic spot color. Lorna Dominguez helped with story and translation of Hector’s poems. Chat Travieso, Sean Mckeithan & Cody Boyce copyedited the prose.

DanceAfrica 2016

Under new artistic leadership, the 39-year old African Dance & African Diaspora Culture festival at BAM, DanceAfrica was in need of a contemporary update. This years creative was inspired by West African commemorative cloth and by the theme conceived by Abdel, “Senegal: Doors of Ancient Futures.” Off the coast of Senegal, lies the Island of Gorée which was the last port out of Africa for many slaves to the new world. The modular pattern system I made was inspired by the island. He wanted to make an homage to the island by “looking into the past” through “portals” to face our future.

Under Creative Director Andrew Sloat. Brochure, Bus Shelter, Street pole banners, Window Poster, T-shirt & Tote, Environmental Graphics, and Digital & Print Ads.

BAM Pins

Enamel pins I designed for giveaways at BAM membership events, the Alan Gala, HR employee birthday gifts, and some to be sold exclusively in the BAM Greenlight bookstore shop. Ideas for what pins to produce were collaboratively ideated between all of BAM creative services.

Migrating Forms

Migrating Forms is an experimental video art/moving image festival that “breaks pre-conceptions of what film is and can be.” Nellie Killian, Andrew Chan and Hannah Thomas from BAMcinematek tasked us with creating an identity that was as boundary breaking. Through a long exploration phase I drew a custom logotype using News Gothic that paid homage to the filmic illusion of motion and depth. It maintains legibility while flirting with formal abstraction. It echoes the festival's hard-to-pin-down programming with an identity always in flux.

Kaitlyn Chandler handled animation on web and video exploration & execution and Alison Whitworth adapted the final logotype/identity into the Poster and Brochure. Under the Creative Direction of Andrew Sloat and Patrick Morin. Poster, Brochure, Digital Ads, Video, Instagram Video, Case Study on BAM blog.

BAMkids

Michelle Angelosanto, a fellow designer on the BAM Creative Services team, rebranded BAMkids two years ago introducing Frankfurter and our own photography to liven up the BAMkids brand. She left BAM and I took on the brand in it’s second year. I updated it by introducing the glyphs from Frankfurter as a confetti or prop to be used over BAMkids materials. Alison Whitworth helped with supporting materials for ads and on BAMkids Film Festival materials.

Under Creative Director Clara Cornelius. Art Direction on Photoshoot, Motion Graphics and Animating the Trailer, Ads, Brochure, T-shirt, Activity Book, Stickers, Environmental Graphics, Bus Shelters and Posters.

CUP

I was honored to be awarded a 2017 Public Access Design fellowship with the Center for Urban Pedagogy along with 9 other fellows. During my fellowship, Oscar Nuñez recommended I work with CUP’s Youth Education department to help a class compile the information they’d gathered on displacement in Bushwick into a booklet called Displaced From This Place?. I worked closely with their teaching artist, Fielding Hong, in making a booklet that was art directed by the teens and using all of the materials they had gathered over their 3 month program. They did interviews with constituents and city council members trying to tackle the very large issue of displacement and gentrification in their home. We thought of this idea that the cover was a reflection of displacement by the letters being pushed out of the center of Brooklyn as it remains harder and harder to stay where you call home. Displaced From This Place? has made it’s way into Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s hands at a recent town hall in Bushwick.

TUFF X LES

A logo, business cards, T-shirt and art direction for the tenant organization TUFF-LES. People in a community must link arms and work together to form a strong bond just like a chain-link fence, which is a LES neighborhood staple.

Project initiated by
Marc S. Richardson, member of TUFF x LES.

Founders Day

Greg Skiano and I collaborated on making a modular identity system for the Cooper Union Alumni Association's Founder's Day Block Party. We embraced the new logo and responded to it with a fun mixture of lettering and type. We made a logo, a presentation for the award ceremony, a website, posters and a design for T-shirts to be screenprinted on site.

Guayoyo

Guayoyo, A Venezuelan restaurant in the East Village approached me for an identity. I was inspired by the hand-lettered aesthetic of Venezuelan street food carts, and wanted to reflect that same casual, fun feeling in Guayoyo's identity. Logo Design, Menu System, Art Direction for Photography + Website, Website Design at www.guayoyonyc.com, and Hot Sauce Labels.

Reboot & Unplug

Illustrations for a project initiated by Barbara Glauber for an Identity Design class at Cooper Union. National Unplug day is a day about unplugging from technology and reconnecting with our friends in real life. These participants have unplugged completely and are enjoying quality time in the dark!

Dark and Pretty Flat

Dark and Pretty flat was a collaboration between Cody and Esme Boyce; an evening length dance show with live music and narration. This album is the recorded version of the piece, with music and words by Cody Boyce, and narration by Ted Levine. It's available on www.codyboyce.bandcamp.com.

Cody and I worked together on visual conception and I did hand lettering, typography and photographic manipulation to his textural drawing.