My name is Kyle Richardson and I am an artist and designer from New York City, currently based in New Haven, CT.


I'm interested in making visual identities, print + web publishing, and typographic form. I am thinking about analog processes, alternatives to social media, working cooperatively, and sustainability. Here is my resume. You can reach me at kyle@richplease.info, find me on are.na or my personal feed at jaltera.xyz.


two nameplate necklaces that say 'Kyle' and 'Rich'

News

MAR 2021 This month I've recommitted to attending the Graphic Design Masters program at Yale for Fall 2021. I also gave a talk, called La Combi Completa, about my work to the Parsons Scholars Program — thanks to Kevin Cadena and Elizabeth Peralta for inviting me!


Recent & Forthcoming Work
Project Form Status
Currents Website Visit
Get The Lite with Jacobs Pillow Film Titles Watch
Acoustic Ephemera and Transmissions of Weakness with Cody Boyce Publication Printing with Secret Riso Club
Documenting The Nameplate with Isabel Flower and Marcel Rosa-Salas Book Publishing with Clarkson Potter
Arts Union Identity & Website In Progress...
Meshes with Wendy's Subway Publication In Progress...

Friends (with websites)


Colophon

This site was last updated on Mar 22, 2021.

Typefaces: Hershey Noailles.

Site maintenance: I'm updating alt text throughout the site, decreasing image sizes, implementing lazy loading, and converting my resume to html for easy screen reading.

Colophon inspired by Companion Platform.


Selected Work

2020



The Poetry Project

Poster

Annual Marathon

The Poetry Project hosted a 24 hour online stream for their 47th Annual Marathon Reading Benefit. It featured a mix of archival footage and live contemporary recorded readings. I designed a schedule for the event on folded broadsheet newspaper with circles echoing the 15 degree movement of the sun of each of the 24 hours of the day.

  • 30 x 22.75 inches
  • 4 Color, Broadsheet Newsprint
  • Edition of 3,000

Collaborators

  • Laura Henriksen, Director of Education and Community Engagement
looping animated sundial using the circles from the poster 24 hour schedule on one side of unfolded poster opposite side of poster featuring a painting of two shot glasses by James Bartolacci

Self Initiated

Typeface

Fulana

Fulana is a medium contrast, translation display typeface with ornate serifs. The term fulana is Spanish slang for “whats-her-name.” This typeface was made during a 10 week class, Principles of Typeface Design at Type @ Cooper.

the phrase 'Xiomara Ruiz grows achiote' in orange type with ornate flourishes

Self Initiated

Website

Grammys House

My grandmother, Stephania Hassan, moved to Egypt with her husband in late 2018, after living and working in NYC her whole life. She is an artist, and retired small business owner, social worker, and educator. She left me a box of images and printed ephemera that span over her many careers and personal life from the 1970s—early 2000s. I started building this online archive in the Fall 2020 session of Fruitful School. This project is in progress.

Visit the site.

homepage features the view out of my grandmas apartment window

Wendy's Subway

Book Cover

Retrieval

“Taking up the architecture and sonics of surveillance, Mallika Singh’s first chapbook, Retrieval explores the relationship between intimacy, data, and the structures of violence that entwine them.” I designed this cover for this chapbook during my fellowship at Wendy's Subway.

  • 8 x 6 inches, 47 pages
  • Risograph-printed
  • Edition of 125

Collaborators

  • Rachel Valinsky, Artistic Director
  • Mallika Singh, Author
cover of chapbook features tangled cables and title and author in bold wide type

CUP + Flatbush Tenants Coalition

Poster

Making Policy Public

I collaborated with CUP and Flatbush Tenants Coalition on a folded poster on Making Policy Public; explaining the rights that tenants have to getting repairs in their apartments. The poster is in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and is currently in production.

Collaborators

  • Yasmin Safdie, CUP
  • Clair Beltran, CUP
  • Alejandra Nasser, Flatbush Tenants Coalition
illustration of a young Black man surprised by a leak descending on his head

Kyle Shybunko

Branding

Shybunko Spirits

I made a custom logotype and labels for homemade vermouth by my friend, Kyle Shybunko, who started to make bitters at home during the COVID-19 quarantine.

bottle with label that has serpentine letters in a circle spelling 'Shybunko' surrounded by cacti

Self Initiated

Website

Lousy Mindless Salesgirl

I made ad-libs of an excerpted text on the “Lousy Mindless Salesgirl” from Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker, published in 1984. The text questions the purpose of labor and a persons worth in relation to their position as a worker in America. Made at the inaugural winter 2020 session of Fruitful School.

Visit the site.

homepage with clock whose minute, hour, and second hands say 'Because I work' 'I am nobody' '$$$'

2019



John-Elio Reitman

Custom Type

Guabancex

My friend, John Elio, asked me for a typographic response to the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season for a project in his MFA thesis show at Bard. While researching, I came upon the Taíno deity of storms, Guabancex, the mistress of all destructive natural phenomena, including earthquakes, volcanoes, climate shifts and hurricanes. As the entity that helps us remember just how vulnerable we are to the elements, I drew this type in her likeness.

the names 'Maria', 'Irma' and 'Harvey' in orange type inspired by the swirl of a hurricane

Self-Initiated

Branding

Kokito

Coquito, which translates to "little coconut", is a traditional winter holiday drink made in Puerto Rico and its diaspora. The recipe varies but is usually a mix of coconut + sweetened, condensed milks. I made a dairy-free version, and branded it with a custom KOKITO logotype based on the Good’ O Kola Champagne logo. Kola Champagne is another drink import from Puerto Rico and remains a staple in NYC bodegas. Sold Out.

bottle with label that has bubbly letters spelling 'Kokito'

The Shed

In-house design

Various Projects

The Shed is a cultural center in Hudson Yards, New York City. Opened on April 5, 2019, The Shed commissions, produces, and presents a wide range of activities in performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture. Other Means made the visual identity for The Shed, and as I was hired to be apart of the inaugural in-house team I worked in collaboration with them to create assets for the institution—from Staff IDs and uniforms to brochures and special events materials—from scratch.

Collaborators

  • Other Means, Creative Directors
  • Keri Bronk, Design Director, The Shed
animation of the Open Call trifold brochure being unfolded

2018—2016



BAM

Identity

BAMcinemaFest '18

I was an in-house designer at BAM for four years, and this was my last big project there. BAMcinemaFest is a yearly film festival that surveys new voices in independent cinema. I art directed and led the visual identity for 2017 and 2018 which brought the festival into a fresh and celebratory light in its tenth year. Kaitlyn Chandler really brought the identity to life in motion via the trailer and pre-show assets.

Collaborators

  • Andrew Sloat, Creative Director
  • Kaitlyn Chandler, Motion Designer
cover of the bright multicolor cinemafest brochure the facade of BAM's doors with vinyl branding applied to them animation showing trivia from the pre-show before screenings animation showing a call to attendees to post pictures on social media

Self Initiated

Publication

Tropical Fantasy

Tropical Fantasy, is an art book compiling concrete poetry, contextual prose, and old photos my grandfather defaced. He defaced himself out of most existing photos where he and my grandmother were featured together. The zine's story takes place in Puerto Rico and New York over several decades, trying to make sense of what happened between them.

  • 8” x 10”, 24 pages
  • Publication, 4 Color + 1 Gold Metallic PMS
  • Edition of 100

Special thanks to

  • Cody Boyce, Seán McKeithan, and Chat Travieso for copyediting
  • My mom, Lorna Domínguez, for translating
  • Mis abuelos, Tito y Rosa. TQM x DEP.
cover of the zine with terrazo background and a cut photo of my grandparents my grandfathers eyes have been scribbled out with pen in this wedding photo a spread featuring a concrete poem in the shape of a rose a spread with Spanish phrases from novelas and defaced photos interwoven in the text