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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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.

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.

Baggu

Selected gifs I composited, retouched and made for the 2013 Holiday Lookbook at an internship with Baggu under the art direction of Aaron Vinton.

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.

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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.

Painting

Selected paintings, images and ideas.

CURRENCY FLAG
4 x 5 ft hanging in Neversink Woods for a year 2016—2017
Neversink Woods was organized by Betty Roytburd and Anny Oberlink

CROSSING THE STREET
Digital Collage/ Study for painting 2016

JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN'T KISS BACK
36 x 36" Oil on Canvas 2014

THE WOMEN
Digital Collage / Study for Painting in progress 2016

LOUSY MINDLESS SALESGIRL
24 x 30" Oil on Linen 2014

PICTURE IN PICTURE
48 x 72" Oil on Canvas 2012

RAVEL’S BOLERO
A part of an ongoing collaboration with Seán McKeithan and his haikus
4 x 6” inkjet print on pink cardstock
Made for Visual AIDS’ 19th Annual Postcards from the Edge 2017

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.