The Thinking for a Living Network is built on friendship, passion, and a dedication to the craft of design. The Network is an alliance of like-minded individuals who are experimenting with publishing and spreading ideas through a series of topic specific sites, conferences, workshops and publications. We are available for design and consultation.
Duane King is a designer, curator and writer who believes that although design is a profession, it’s above all a passion. Driven by curiosity, his work has been recognized by Graphis, The 100 Show, The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communications Arts, Creative Review, IdN, Print and HOW Magazine. Among his clients: MoMA, Bloomingdale’s, Luigi Bormioli, Nambé, Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Neiman Marcus, Herman Miller, Northrop Grumman, Activision, Sega, id Software and FootAction USA. Duane is the founder of Thinking for a Living.
The fact that his last name seems to be missing a few vowels might start to explain why Shane Bzdok embraces a ‘less is more’ approach to design. His love for clean, honest design and typography guides his award-winning print and interactive work for clients such as: Luigi Bormioli, Nambé, Northrop Grumman, Orrefors, Kosta Boda, The Museum of Modern Art and The Ritz-Carlton. Shane also runs the graphic design trivia feed, Design Facts and is a managing partner and contributor at Thinking for a Living.
Born in Queens, New York into a colorful Italian family, Antonio Carusone has been in the creative arts since he was a child. Currently he resides in New York City, where he is an Senior Art Director at Ogilvy, and oversees projects which have included Nestle, Cisco, Time Warner Cable, Lays, Dial, Red Stripe, AOL, NFL, Gillette, Cingular, Audi, Verizon, and Bank of America. He has also won Caple Design Awards for his work on Wisk and Jose Cuervo. Antonio is also the author of AisleOne and the ever-growing resource, The Grid System.
Frank Chimero is an illustrator, designer, educator and writer in Portland, Oregon. His fascination with the creative process and visual experience informs all of his work. Each piece is the part of an exploration in finding wit, surprise, honesty and joy in the world around us. His work has been recognized by Print Magazine, HOW Magazine, Step Magazine, the Society of Illustrators and has been featured in numerous books.
Ian Coyle is a creative strategist, designer, speaker, interaction developer and all-around decent fellow. He loves typography, photo journalism, the sound of presses running, the smell of ink, and newspapers. Ian collaborates with select brands to build quality, thoughtful, and relevant design. He also runs three letterpresses and enjoys shooting medium format photography.
The following people contribute ideas, words and pictures to Thinking for a Living. They are our associates, collaborators, and most importantly, friends. This list will ebb and flow as content comes and goes.
Andre is from Bulgaria and is half of dress code (with G. Dan Covert). Their work has been recognized by shiny awards, appeared in lots of magazines, coffee table books, and 3 museums. They met while studying at California College of the Arts, then moved to New York and got jobs with MTV before starting their own firm. Andre holds two soccer championship medals and frequently appears on late nite talk shows in Bulgaria.
Michael Cina is an accomplished Creative Director that is currently leading the multi-disciplinary design studio, Michael Cina Associates. Michael is widely known for starting YouWorkForThem, a graphic design boutique, and it’s sister company, WeWorkForThem, an award-winning design studio. His work is commissioned and constantly sought after by many of the Fortune 500 companies and has been featured in hundreds of publications.
Known mostly for his conspicuous New York accent and hearty penchant for hand lettering, Jon Contino is co-founder and creative director of design studio Onetwentysix and menswear brand CXXVI. His work and commentary has been featured in such industry staples as Computer Arts and HOW Magazine along with various books and independent zines the world over. Jon has worked closely with brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike, and Kellogg’s and swears that one day he will be regarded as the greatest iPhone photographer to have ever lived.
Dan is from Ohio and is half of dress code (with Andre Andreev). Their work has been recognized by shiny awards, appeared in lots of magazines, coffee table books, and 3 museums. They met while studying at California College of the Arts, then moved to New York and got jobs with MTV before starting their own firm. To supplement his income Dan works at Best Buy and is somewhat of an amateur magician.
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Ainsley Drew is a native New Yorker and half of the copywriting team known as Ministry of Imagery. Her work has been featured in the New York Press, Curve magazine, The Rumpus, Perceptions Magazine, Merge Poetry Journal, and The Wanderlust Review. She has twice been the guest editor of kottke.org, and acted as editor of Design Business Review. A euphemism enthusiast, she hopes to one day be a notorious literary celebrity with her name in tabloids. She has eleven fingers, so she can type faster than you.
Rob Giampietro is a designer, writer, and teacher. From 2003 to 2008, he was co-founder and principal of the award-winning design studio
Giampietro+Smith. His commentary on design and visual culture has appeared in BusinessWeek, Design Observer, Dot Dot Dot, and more. He teaches at Parsons in New York and in the Graduate Graphic Design program at RISD in Providence, Rhode Island.
Simon Goetz emerged from the barren, wind-scarred plains of Oklahoma, teeth stained pink by strawberry milk and after-school scuffles in red clay. He narrowly escaped to New York, where he earned a degree in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Simon is now half of the copywriting team dubbed Ministry of Imagery, and he splits his time between his word processor and the five flights of stairs he must clamber up to reach his ramshackle West Village tenement room. He misses the sky.
Svein Haakon Lia
Svein Haakon Lia is a creative director, senior designer and founding partner of Bleed, a graphic design studio based in Oslo, Norway. Established in June 2000 by individuals with backgrounds in graphic design, advertising and technology, Bleed works to blur the borders between graphic design, art, technology and commercial brand identity. He has worked broadly with many brands, including Deutsche Bank, Hermes Tokyo, Pepsi, Levi’s, Snøhetta, Telenor, Nationalteatheret and Sony PSP.
Craig began his career by making-off with a degree from University College Falmouth and blagging his way into his first job with The Chase. A theme that continued in 2009 when conning Music into taking him on. Since then, Craig has gone on to make his Mum very proud having had both his work and writing featured in publications such as Creative Review, Grafik, Eye, Design Week, as well as being recognised by the odd awards-jury along the way—D&AD, Design Week Awards, Type Directors Club, New York Festivals, and Stockport Power League. A fan of clichés, Craig too likes to give something back and is actively involved with numerous Universities, Colleges, and Schools, lecturing, running workshops, briefs, and portfolio surgeries. Industry insiders say of Craig that “he swears a lot” and has a “relentless desire for tea.”
David Reinfurt is an independent graphic designer, writer and editor in New York City. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1993 and received an MFA from Yale University in 1999. On the first business day of 2000, David formed O-R-G inc., a flexible graphic design practice composed of a constantly shifting network of collaborators.
Together with graphic designer Stuart Bailey, David established Dexter Sinister — a workshop in the basement at 38 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side in New York City. Recent projects include on-site productions at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Dexter Sinister publishes the semi-annual arts magazine Dot Dot Dot.
David currently teaches at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Joel Speasmaker acts as Forest, a multi-purpose studio located in Brooklyn, New York, working in the areas of graphic design, art direction, publishing, branding, web design & development, illustration, and various curatorial projects. Joel previously published The Drama magazine, served as art director for Anthem magazine and was comics editor for Swindle. Currently he self-publishes The Small Book series, and contributes Think Faest by Forest for Faesthetic magazine.
Some of our content is republished from other sources. We’d like to thank the following people for their contributions to Thinking for a Living.