Editor’s Note: Normally we don’t post people announcements on our blog, but we are breaking the rule for Kit, @Issue’s co-founder and creative catalyst. Kit’s new studio is off to a running start, with his entire San Francisco staff still on his team and projects proceeding on schedule. Below is the joint announcement released by Pentagram and Studio Hinrichs. Watch for more great work from Kit. Congratulations, dear friend, and all the best.
October 1, 2009 — After 23 years as a partner of Pentagram, Kit Hinrichs announced that he is leaving the international consultancy to establish an independent design firm, Studio Hinrichs, in San Francisco.
“My more than two decades at Pentagram have been the most gratifying of my 40-plus years in design,” says Hinrichs. “I’ve been proud to be in partnership with many of the world’s most talented and dedicated designers. Their commitment to design excellence set the bar to which I’ve continually aspired.”
During his tenure as a partner in the San Francisco office of Pentagram, Hinrichs’s influence has been seen in both local and national companies and institutions with such clients as California Academy of Sciences, Pacific Gas & Electric, Muzak, Sappi Fine Paper, Gymboree, Hemispheres Magazine, and Design Within Reach, to name only a few. Hinrichs has served on the executive board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and is a trustee of Art Center College of Design, and a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale. In 2004, he was awarded the profession’s highest honor, the AIGA Medal, in recognition of his distinguished achievements and contributions to the field.
“Kit has been committed not only to Pentagram, but to the profession as a whole,” says Michael Bierut, a partner in the firm’s New York office. “Through speaking, exhibitions and publishing, Kit has moved design to a new level. This legacy is a testimony to his incredible energy. He’s had an influence on generations of people here at Pentagram. We will miss him.”
Pentagram’s San Francisco office will continue after Hinrichs’s departure. “We have ongoing projects on the West Coast and around the world,” says partner Lorenzo Apicella. “The work on these projects in our San Francisco office will carry on.”
In addition to his new design studio, Hinrichs will create an ancillary business called Hinrichs + Hirasuna Special Projects, formed with his longtime writing collaborator Delphine Hirasuna. This venture will allow both to focus on projects of personal and professional interest.
“While I will miss the creative collaboration within Pentagram,” says Hinrichs, “I’m excited by the possibilities presented in what I consider the third chapter of my career. I look forward to building on all that I’ve learned and ensuring that my best work is still to come.”