SONO SPACES / South 5,000 sq. ft. mixed use that includes private offices, resident desks, spacious conference rooms and premium event space located at 23 South Main Street. Our unique environment is ideal for professionals in emerging companies, start-ups, design, interactive, marketing, technology, and education.


Find your Ah-Ha moment!
A collaborative nucleus in a vibriant creative community.

For a tour call/email: 203-838-5555


Designed/produced in NY and CT

Custom fabrication — coil, perfect bound + debossed, foil stamping and specialty printing on unique surfaces with highly recycled covers and papers.

Featured Above:
A special Type Drives Culture Journal. We were the Journal Sponsor this year!

Our Type Drives Culture Journal utilizies new direct imaging technology (LiquidFoil and Dimensional UV) thanks to Jeff and Tracy Cole at C&T Print Finishing.
All attendees received one in their gift bag. For details, it's featured on the and now available for purchase. Need a custom journal?

Contact us:

Recycle Your Inspiration. Give your unwanted books and publications a new life. Young minds entering the creative industry need inspiration. Design students to collections sitting on your bookshelf collecting dust.
Our BookDrive initiative — sponsored by FiZz and creativeplacement. We will pick up any design-related books or publications you choose to donate at your location. All books and publications are distributed at universities with design programs throughout Connecticut or during the CADC Student Conference.

Section Magazine — launches!
by kHyal and Karl Heine // the nexus of our Art, Design and Journalism since 2007 // launched in Miami during Art Basel 2015 // Visit for the latest news...



"Get more from your software."

TypeCast — Type & Design webinars for professionals
TypeCast Webinars is a brand, new series of type and design webinars. All sessions are given by top-notch, award-winning presenters, and are available both live and OnDemand. Check us out!

DesignerJournals in motion with Chris Piascik

Insight, Education, Information
Push Workshops, is an ongoing series of handcrafted workshops, salons and events developed to inspire, educate and inform creative professionals, students and educators dedicated to the field of communication design. For more information call 203-838-5555 or email.

Freelance Rewards
Refer a freelancer or client resulting in a one week (40 hour assignment) and receive a one year subscription to Communication Arts magazine. Register at:


April 2020
To help these vulnerable community members through this crisis, Beinfield Architect and Food Rescue have launched SONO COOKS in partnership with several community partners (see the full list).
SoNo is home to many food insecure individuals and families, struggling daily to get food on their plates.

Due to COVID-19, the rate of food insecure individuals and families is rising. 
SoNo is also home to many locally owned restaurants whose businesses are fragile in the best of times, and whose survival is currently threatened. SONO COOKS, with your support, will work with Food Rescue US and several local restaurants to get healthy, ready-to-eat meals delivered to those in our community who are food insecure during this battle with COVID-19.

All donations are tax-deductible and will fund the purchase of meals from our local restaurants that will be delivered by Food Rescue US. Click the logo or any of the SONO COOKS to donate now.



March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

Special Announcement — Saturday, January 25th 2020 at Western Connecticut State University presents a workshop for all emerging students. We will be annoucing our guest speaker from top brands and agencies throughout Connecticut by December 15th.

We are also looking for recent graduates for our second panel who are working less than three years in the industry, please forward your resume as a PDF to Karl Heine or call our office at 203-838-7772 for details.

: How students can and should develop outbound skills while still in school. Our Ready, Set, Go! workshop will explore how to activate an internship, start work after graduation as a designer, photographer or illustrator. Only 50 spots will be available so register early for this free workshop! Register here. For more detail about the CADC, visit our site.








November 2018

Art Basel Through the Eyes of an Artist

“The gallerist followed me and bought the dress off my back”

Today (November 30, 2018) marks the beginning of this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, one of three Art Basel art fairs held annually (the original, in Basel, Switzerland, was in June; the Hong Kong edition was in March). Each one draws 70,000 to 100,000 artists, gallery owners, curators, collectors, and more, but to those outside of the art world, the event can be a mystery. To help offer a window into what, exactly, Art Basel is—at least how an artist experiences it—we enlisted the help of kHyal, a pop artist soon to be featured on my.meural.

How would you describe Art Basel to those who’ve never been?

First of all, people confuse the name “Art Basel” and what it means. Art Basel is the original show in Switzerland founded in 1970. Art Basel Miami Beach began in 2002 and is one show that takes place at the South Beach Convention Center annually during the first week in December. Read the whole article...

MegaGlam and Section

September / October 2018

We are very honored to bring Emily Cohen to SoNo Spaces in collaboration with our PUSH Workshop series to speak on this engaging topic, Thursday, September 27th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm — SoNo Spaces, 23 South Main Street, South Norwalk, CT.

Do you avoid new business development like the plague?
Do you define new business as “cold calling,” “sales,” “marketing”?
Are you ready to transform how you think about new business?

This session will focus on strategies for building authentic, one-to-one relationships with prospects that take time, focus, ongoing nurturing, and a change in tactics. But, when done well, can be a fun, challenging, and a rewarding aspect of any successful business. In this session, you’ll learn why you need to change your thinking about what new business development really is and better ways to do it.

And to introduce her new book — “BRUTALLY HONEST": No-Bullshit Business Strategies to Evolve Your Creative Business. Emily’s book is available for sale on EventBrite + she will be happy to autograph your copy.
We have two levels (signed book + admission) or (admission). If your not able to make it the night of the presentation, a signed copy is available if ordered before September 25, 2018.
At the door: $25 cash/credit card and $60 (Book + Admission if available) if we are not sold out.

To reach Karl Heine with any questions about this event, creating a workshop or for sponsorship for SoNo Spaces call 203-856-8661 voice/txt or Photo Credits: Jason Varney © 2018


May 2018

Rolling Stone magazine is at a turning point in its history. This conference celebrates its contributions to the worlds of typography, publication design, photography and illustration — and considers the changes ahead for the iconic brand.

Friday, May 25th 9am to 6:30pm — SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, NYC

The event brings together the people who created a design legacy, from Rolling Stone’s first Art Director to its current one — plus photo editors and photographers who’ve immortalized a whole culture.

If you are interested in design, photography, typography, or rock and roll — you’ll want to be there. We’ll take stock of the magazine’s visual record as it embarks on its next 50 years — and a new partnership with Penske Media Corporation.

Five Rolling Stone Art Directors will present including John Williams, the first Art Director, who launched the magazine's classic typography in 1967, in a dramatic move away from the underground style of the time. Other presenters include famous RS alumni like Chris Austopchuk, Lloyd Ziff, and the influential photo editor, Laurie Kratochvil. The 15 speakers will tell great stories and show amazing covers and layout. And also explain what they learned, and how they apply the knowledge to contemporary design and typography. 

The conference is being organized by TYPE Magazine and its editor, Roger Black. Roger helped organize the precedent-setting Type 1987 conference for TDC, as well as ATypI, Type 90, and the first Typographics conference in 2015. 

The Art of Rolling Stone is going to be in the same league. Full details on the TYPE magazine site. You'll want to be there.



April 2018

Presented by Elia Kopreski, Founder of XLR8 Digital Our Digital Marketing Immersive Workshop, (Postponed— new date to be announced)
A Premier Google Partner Agency and Digital Marketing Maven

Sponsored by SoNo Spaces + Space Partners

How to Successfully market your business on Google and Facebook. Learn the latest tactics and strategies in digital marketing for your company to keep current with all the changes and how best to leverage these insights for best practices. This workshop is for everyone from small business owners, entrepreneurs and experienced marketers getting started or looking for refresh in the latest in digital marketing. We will cover key areas of Digital Marketing; Targeting, Conversion and Measurement; Tactics: Video, Search, Social, Display, Mobile and Local; Strategy for positive ROI and Using Analytics to Your Business' Advantage; Including what to do with all this data.
Coffee and Tea will be served + light morning fare (Kind Bars, fruit and juice) — Not a full breakfast
Looking to host and event or workshop or need a meeting space? Call or email Karl Heine at 203-838-5555 or



March 2018

Type Drives Cuture — Friday, March 23rd @ 9:00am –7:30pm Details/tickets |

The TypeDirectors Club celebrates and amplifies the undeniable power of typography. We are a global community of experts and enthusiasts who are united by the shared belief that type drives culture. And culture drives type.

The Type Drives Culture conference on March 23 will be a day of presentations about the influence of type on business, music, fashion, politics, and publishing, and vice versa.

The all-day event will feature talks by and conversations with design innovator Milton Glaser, award-winning author/designer Steven Heller, multidisciplinary designer Emily Oberman, and designer Elizabeth Carey Smith. Among the highlights of the program will be Debbie Millman’s interview of TDC Medalist, type designer, Matthew Carter for her popular podcast, Design Matters.

Dan Rhatigan will present an overview of typography in adult zine publishing, Grammy nominee Brian Roettinger will discuss typography in the music industry, and five creative designers will provide the thinking behind new custom typefaces commissioned by high-profile corporations as part of recent brand redesigns.

Tickets include two-hour reception with the speakers.

#typedrivesculture | To learn more information visit + we DesignerJournals are sponsors + created a special Type Drives Culture Journal. we created a special Type Drives Culture Journal utilizing new direct imaging technology (LiquidFoil and Dimensional UV) thanks to Jeff and Tracy Cole at C&T Print Finishing. All attendees receive one in their gift bag. For details, it's featured on the and available for purchase if you are not able to attend.


CADC presents — The Sport of Design. Eric Panke who is a gap-toothed art director (and illustrator) who occasionally dabbles in the copywriting world who brings nearly 20 years of award-winning creative direction, design and art direction to the table. He is presently a Creative Director at Adams & Knight in Avon, CT and has a wealth of experience across every medium and a wide range of industries. 

Hailing from the Northern English town of Preston, Neil Jamieson came to the US in 2001 with a sleeping bag, an unpaid internship and a dream to be a magazine art director (although he had no idea what exactly a magazine art director was). His 17 year editorial design journey started shortly after scoring an entry level gig in the bull pen of Sports Illustrated and learned the ropes with some amazing pro's in the hardest working art dept in publishing. Field & Stream magazine followed 6 years later where he worked on his first redesign, built his first art department and caught his first Marlin (sorta...he was on the boat when it happened). 

In 2010 he went from mud and guts to red carpets and celebrity when he joined People magazine as the #2 art guy. It was there where he got his first opportunity to design digital content as they launched the first tablet edition of the magazine. The next stop — Finance, where he joined the Money Magazine team as their Creative Director and worked on another redesign, lots more tablet editions and learned how to spell quantitative easing. 

In 2014 he headed north to Bristol, CT to continue his digital odyssey as Creative Director of digital content at ESPN, and somehow, at some point during all of that, he was lucky enough to serve as President of the Society of Publication Designers.

Location: SoNo Spaces | Date / Time: Thursday, March 15, 2018 / This event already happened
23 South Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06854


February 2018

Gerard Huerta Workshop — Hand Lettering / Illustrated Lettering Forms
Advanced Level / Creative DirectorsArt DirectorsDesigners and Illustrators

PUSH Workshops, in collaboration with SoNo Spaces, is pleased to announce our first workshop featuring Gerard Huerta— The Illustrated Lettering Forms Workshop — an advanced hand lettering course geared toward seasoned Creative Directors, Art Directors, Designers and Illustrators who want to hone their skills and bring more life to creating unique letterforms and wordmarks from concept through final production.

Workshop Fee$395 — The Workshop has ended 

When / Where
Saturday, February 17th 2018, 9:30am–4:30pm / SoNo Spaces 23 South Main Street, South Norwalk, CT
(Light morning coffee, yogurt, juice, water + snacks) lunch provided, SoNo Restaurant TBA)

The Gerard Huerta Workshop Details
Hand Lettering is a unique expression — taking an identity or wordmarks beyond visual typography or a typeface that might be modified. The workshop will focus on further developing a wordmark or lettering piece — initially started ahead of time by each student.

Hand lettering has a deep history and foundation in enhancing a brand personality or a feeling. This style is an art form — combining fundamental type, space and illustration of letter forms with an identity created first in pencil. In the final stages, following best practices for vector translation and how to approach an assignment, students will learn what methods work best to speed up the process without losing quality for final output.
Gerard will present a wide variety of work that he has created for well-known clients.
Examples will include pre-computer and traditional pencil-to-ink, plus current digital projects.

Our Refund Policy: Tickets are fully refundable with notice up to 72-hours before the event. If you’re unable to attend and give notice after the 72-hour window has passed, a 50% refund will be issued. No refund will be given on the event date. Tickets are transferable.

Required Materials / Technology
• Pencils: No.2, HB, (conventional or mechanical), Pencil sharpener (if applicable)
• Erasers (conventional and kneaded)
• Canson Vellum Pad and or tracing paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
• 12” ruler, french or flexible curves • Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine markers
• Laptop or iPad/tablet with Adobe Illustrator installed • iMac with Adobe Illustrator installed

About Gerard
Born and raised in southern California he graduated from Art Center College of Design and began his career at CBS Records in New York creating artwork and logos for Boston, Willie Nelson, Blue Oyster Cult, Rick Derringer, Bob Dylan, Ramsey Lewis, The Isley Brothers, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, George Benson, Rupert Holmes, Stephen Stills, Alvin Lee, The Charlie Daniels Band and many others.
After leaving CBS Gerard designed lettering for AC/DC’s High Voltage and Let There Be Rock albums, the latter being adopted for the now iconic AC/DC lightning bolt logo. He also designed logos and covers for Foreigner, Firefall, Chicago and The Outlaws. Gerard collaborated with Roger Huyssen on the branding for Clint Eastwood’s Bronco Billy, Super Bowl XXVIII, and designed lettering for Super Bowl XXXIV, The Coal Miner’s Daughter, Friday the 13th-Part III, and the one-sheet artwork for Atlantic City and Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. He also created theme art logos for ten years for the annual Breeders’ Cup event.
Gerard expanded his work beyond the recording and movie industry to design logos for Swiss Army Brands, MSG Network, HBO, CBS Records Masterworks, Spelling Entertainment, Nabisco, Calvin Klein’s Eternity, Arista Records, Type Directors Club, Pepsi, The National Guitar Museum, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, the mastheads of Time, Money, People, The Atlantic Monthly, PC Magazine, Adweek, Us, Condé Nast’s Traveler, Working Mother, WordPerfect, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, The National Catholic Register, Illustration, Connecticut Post and Architectural Digest as well as corporate alphabets for Waldenbooks, Time-Life, Pepsi and Condé Nast. He designed watch dials for the Original Swiss Army Watch and their complete line for fourteen years and also created original product illustrations.
Gerard also designed the multi-necked fully-playable stringed instrument known as The Rock Ock for the National Guitar Museum, which is on tour along with his Vintage Guitar Art. His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

We are honored to offer his workshop be able to partner with him.

Any questions, contact Karl Heine at PUSH Workshops/SoNo Spaces, 23 South Main Street, South Norwalk, CT
203-838-5555 / HQ or 203-856-8661 / mobile



October – November 2017

Join House Industries for an entertaining walk through through their new book, “The Process is the Inspiration” (2017, Watson-Guptill/Penguin Random House) at SoNo Spaces in South Norwalk, CT.

In “The Process is the Inspiration”, House Industries answers the burning question, “Where do you find inspiration?” through an illustrative collection of helpful lessons, stories, and case studies that demonstrate how to transform obsessive curiosity into personally satisfying and successful work. Q & A and book signing after the talk.

House Industries is a type foundry and design studio based in Yorklyn, Delaware. Admired for their iconic font collections and craft merchandise, House Industries has been at the forefront of American design for 25 years. House has worked with a diverse list of collaborators including Jimmy Kimmel, Hermès, The New Yorker, John Mayer, Muji, the Estate of Charles and Ray Eames, and Heath Ceramics. Their work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and will be the subject of a major exhibition at The Henry Ford museum in the summer of 2017.

Space is limited (75max). Register today! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit the Connecticut Art Directors Club Annual Student Conference. The conference supports the next generation of design professionals through lectures, mentoring and scholarships. Please consider making a donation to this non-profit, volunteer organization with the purchase of your ticket.

Cost: $20 Professional / $15 Industry Member, either CADC or AIGA or Student with I.D.

The “The Process is the Inspiration” book will be available for sale directly with House Industries + they will be happy to autograph your copy.




1:00pm – 2:00pm
/ Producer, Co-Director and writer, Erin Beckloff, will provide insight into the making of the film, her motivation, behind the scene stories, how to handle historical content and how she made it relevant to todays designers and students. She will also have a Q&A session following her film talk.

2:30pm – 3:30pm / Head to the studio and see Erin do what she does best! Erin will be bringing something from her amazing collection of wood type. Everyone attending the afternoon session will be able to pull a print with Erin and have it autographed.

POP UP shop / 5:00pm – 6:00pm and 8:00pm – 9:00pm | PRESSING ON FILM SCREENING / 6:00pm – 8:00pm



July – August 2017

This year's SoNo Arts Fest begins a new chapter in the heart of historic South Norwalk with fresh style and energy. On August 5th and 6th Washington/North and South Main Street will come alive with music, laughter, and of course, the presence of amazing art. The SoNo Arts Fest will host thousands of attendees over the weekend from New England and the NY Metro area + over 125 juried fine art and craft artists, a Children’s Art Playground, performing artists, multiple music stages, and a Puppet Parade on Sunday afternoon. SoNo Spaces @ 23 South Main Street will host SONOMART from 10am–5pm + Live Jazz from 6–8pm. See below for more. SoNo Spaces — 5,000 sq. ft. of private offices, coworking, event, and workshop space. Festival details: SoNo Arts Fest 2017

SONOMART — SoNo Arts Fest // August 5th and 6th 10am–5pm
Invade Our Space! @ 23 South Main Street
Join us for the 3rd Annual gathering of the Unusual. A few select items available prior to the festival — MakerBot, 3D printer, EPSON printer, and electronics. Call Karl at 203-856-8661 cell/txt.
• Original Handmade Items • MegaGlam™ Art/Product/Fashion • Designer Journals + Notebooks • Out of the Ordinary Home Goods
• The Playful Pantry
• Vintage Fashion/Unique Jewelry • Mid-Century Modern • Kitsch + Designer Gifts

Hayley Gilchrest & Dan Rice at The Rail Yard™ // Saturday, August 5th 6–8pm
The Rail Yard™ our private, gated open-air event space is ideal for pop-ups or gatherings with an urban edge. Hayley Gilchrest & Dan Rice — a jazz duo based in Hartford County will be performing a variety of classics and jazz improv — voice and keyboard arrangements with an eclectic spin. A refreshing take on these compositions influenced by Etta James, B.B. King, Erroll Garner, and Alicia Keys.
Both are attending The Hartt School of Music at
The University of Hartford. Hayley is studying jazz and music management while Dan is pursuing an acoustical engineering degree and a jazz minor. Over the last three years they have performed in small clubs to festivals in the tri-state area. Free Event — All Welcome! For bookings contact Dan Here


May 2017

SoNo Spaces expands in CT’s Design District — Building the Community
The only Coworking space in South Norwalk just got bigger — to serve the burgeoning business district

SOUTH NORWALK, CT, MAY 2017 — SoNo Spaces was founded in 2011 by Karl Heine of creativeplacement® and kHyal of fiZz Agency, after pioneering coworking exploration around the globe and in New York City in years prior. The success of the 13 North Main Street, South Norwalk location — now referred to as SoNo Spaces North — has led to the opening of SoNo Spaces South at 23 South Main Street, two blocks down the street.

With two floors of premium space in a one-of-a-kind historic building, SoNo Spaces South offers multiple options including: private offices, flex-mate offices for several people — some with assigned, gated parking onsite, resident dedicated desks in an open floor plan for collaboration, and hotdesks available on an as-needed basis for day trippers and additional coworking options. Each floor has dedicated conference rooms with various plans for member use, plus workshop and event space available for rent to members and non-members alike. (Our PUSH workshops™ education arm, founded in 2007, will be super-sized to offer workshops geared toward design, marketing and inspiration for the whole community beginning this summer.) Amenities include: high-speed internet, keycard entry on all floors, 24/7 security and lockers. Each floor has its own kitchen, restrooms and lounge.

The Rail Yard™ — our private, gated open-air event space is ideal for pop-ups or gatherings with an urban edge — has plenty of bespoke personality.

The new location at 23 South Main Street in SoNo was founded by Karl Heine of creativeplacement and Bob Walker of Surveys & Forecasts, LLC — a marketing research consultancy. Karl met Bob when he licensed a desk at SoNo Spaces North in 2015. They formed Space Partners LLC in 2016 to launch the 5,000 Square Feet of additional coworking, private office and event space at 23 South Main Street in downtown SoNo.

SoNo Spaces is a coworking, private office and event space with two locations in South Norwalk, Connecticut
— named Google’s eCity in 2013, and in the heart of Connecticut’s Design District in the Creative Corridor. SoNo Spaces welcomes professionals in design, advertising, marketing, interactive, technology, education and startup entrepreneurs of most kinds.

For a tour of SoNo Spaces North or South, or more information, contact Karl Heine at 203-838-5555 or visit



March 2017

The Type Directors Club celebrates its 70th anniversary with a day-long series of typography talks and an evening reception on Friday, March 10th. It is to be held at the School of Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street. A panel of type luminaries will speak about their careers, their views on the typographic professions, memories of the Type Directors Club, and the future of type. The day will close with a 6 pm cocktail reception at the SVA Theater.

Speakers will include TDC Medalists Ed Benguiat, Louise Fili, Paula Scher, and Erik Spiekermann, as well as former TDC presidents Allan Haley and Charles Nix.

Twenty-nine Type Directors Club Medals have been awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to typography. Hermann Zapf won the first in 1967 and Emigre (Zuzana Licko and Rudy VanderLans) was honored with the most recent in 2016.

The Type Directors Club was formed in 1946 in New York City and is a professional organization dedicated to educating its international membership and the graphic arts and design communities about the value of typography in communication.

Tickets: $50/members, $80/nonmembers ($5.00/reception/member and $20/reception/nonmembers)

This event is sponsored by: School of Visual Arts and Monotype

February 2017

TDC Beatrice Warde Scholarship

Deadline, Friday, March 3rd, 2017

While going through our archives, the Type Directors Club discovered that Beatrice Warde was its first female member. It was very exciting to learn that Ms. Warde, journalist, typographical scholar, and communicator on typography, was part of our organization. To honor her memory, TDC has named a scholarship after her.

The TDC Beatrice Warde Scholarship is sponsored by the Type Directors Club and Monotype in the amount of $5,000. It will be awarded to a female student currently enrolled in her junior undergraduate year and will be applied directly to her senior year tuition, which begins September 2017 and concludes in May 2018.

Send all materials: For more details visit:




January 2017

December 2016

About Viktor Koen
Viktor Koen holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, Israel and an MFA with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Mr. Koen serves on the faculty of the MFA Illustration program and the BFA Graphic Design Department at SVA.

About the Project
Bestiary is the product of a long fascination with Greek mythology and early 19th Century photography. Based on a set of mostly hybrid creature descriptions and influenced by religious iconography, myth comes full circle and meets social criticism by molding these monstrous archetypes into contemporary commentary. Most importantly, in this series, the beasts are separated from their usually singular dimension, assuming complex, tragic personalities in which monsters and heroes become difficult to tell apart. Drawing from the vast pictorial collection of the US Library of Congress, these characters posses the hunting qualities of early more here


Deadline: December 9th, 2016
Enter the world’s most prestigious juried typography competitions: 63rd TDC Communication Design Competition (TDC63) and 20th Annual TDC Typeface Design Competition (TDC 2017). These are the most highly-respected and selective competitions of typographic and typeface design from around the world. After our opening exhibition at Cooper Union in July — your winning work will travel the world throughout 17 countries in 45 cities. If you are a member, you will save on competition entry fees, if you are not a member, join now. We have add new benfits that will be posted soon. For details, contact Carol Wahler at 212-633-8943 or Enter here for the competition


November 2016

Laura Mattioli + Steven Heller: THE BOLTED BOOK
Monday, November 14: 7:00pm8:00pm

It has been called one of the world’s most iconic design books. It was written and designed by Fortunato Depero 90 years ago. Fewer than 1,000 copies were published. Today, very few copies exist that are available for public viewing. Its formal title is Depero Futurista — which means Depero the Futurist. But it is popularly known as The Bolted Book because it is bound together by two large industrial aluminum bolts. Unbolted, the book can be disassembled and its pages displayed individually.

The featured speakers will be Laura Mattioli, founder and president of the Center for Italian Modern Art; and Steven Heller, co-founder and co-chair, the School of Visual Arts Design/Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program. Laura will talk about the relationship between
Depero and her father, who was one of Depero’s principal patrons. Steven will describe Depero’s place in the history of graphic design and bookmaking.

Then with a copy of the original book from 1927 owned by Laura, Laura and Steven will give a tour through the book — highlighting key pages and providing insights and commentary on its groundbreaking ideas, pyrotechnic typography, and innovative graphic design. And, of course, the bolts!

This event is free and open to the public and is presented in conjunction with a live Kickstarter campaign to fund publication of a facsimile edition of The Bolted Book. Reposted from the Strand Book store website.


Karl + kHyal road show/speakers
Syracuse, NY
(Saturday, 11/12)
Get Worked Up
is a one-day conference for emerging and student designers. This conference is part of the AIGA Emerge initiative focused on designers who are just launching their careers to those who have up to five years of experience in the field. Participants will have the opportunity to: (1) meet, interact and collaborate with their Upstate New York Peers; (2) Sharpen design skills during the hands-on design workshop; (3) prepare to dive deeper into the design profession with talks on the importance of finding a mentor, public speaking, the business of design, landing a job, and being involved in the design community; (4) Q&A about the design profession with the speakers — don't be shy, ask what you really want to know. We are honored to be part of this important event. Copy and image —AIGA Upstate website.


Adobe MAX — San Diego, 2016
It was an amazing three days at AdobeMAX and thank you all for visiting our tdc Exhibition. We offered a 20% membership discount and offered a free Typography Annual to the first 50 to join during the AdobeMAX event. Enter the world’s most prestigious juried typography competitions: 63rd TDC Communication Design Competition (TDC63) and 20th Annual TDC Typeface Design Competition (TDC 2017). If you are a member, you will save on competition entry fees, if you are not a member, join now. For details, contact Carol Wahler at 212-633-8943 or
Enter here for the competition




October 2016

UNCUBED: October 17–18, 2016
We we honored to have Designer Journals sponsor UNCUBED + UNCUBED Education speaker journals and participate as a community partner during NYC's Annual Digital Skills and Jobs Conference at the Met Pavillion. Visit UNCUBED for events and conference schedule + HR UNCUBED in Brooklyn April 2017. Pictured above — our signature Flannel Asphalt debossed Recycled Italian Leather cover with 100% PCW recycled paper produced in upstate New York by Mohawk Paper. Visit: DesignerJournals for the whole collection.





September 2016

Brand New Conference 2016 — Nashville
We were thrilled to attend this years Brand New Conference, a two-day event on corporate and brand identity, runs from Thursday, September 15–16, with some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world. The conference, organized by UnderConsideration, consists of eight sessions each day offering a broad range of points of view with speakers from around the world practicing in different environments, from global consultancies, to in-house groups, to small firms. Visit the main UnderConsideration site for more information and to register. 2017 BNConf NYC — BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center/presale





August 2016

July 2016

Type Directors Club — tdc62
Cooper Union Gallery, July 12th

Karl Heine and Abby Goldstein—co-chairs invite members, its honorees, and the press to attend a private showing of its sixty-second annual typography exhibit, TDC62 competition/judges and design firm selection this year. The selections from the annual typeface design competition, TDC 2016. Acknowledgements, announcements: Best in Show, Best in Show Student Awards and Scholarship start at 6:30pm.
The second Annual TDC Beatrice Warde Scholarship, sponsored by Monotype, will also be presented.

The exhibition runs July 13 – August 4, 2016. Please join us as we present the 29th TDC Medal, in person, to Emigre (Zuzana Licko and Rudy VanderLans). Over the past 49 years the TDC Medal has been awarded to individuals who excel in the field of typography and typographic design. This event is sponsored by Monotype and The Cooper Union.

June 2016

January 2016

Deadline: January 8th, 2016. Enter the world’s most prestigious juried typography competitions: 62nd TDC Communication Design Competition (TDC62) and 19th Annual TDC Typeface Design Competition (TDC 2016).
These are the most highly-respected and selective competitions of typographic and typeface design from around the world.










Come join AIGA Connecticut, AIGA Brand Central and The Connecticut Art Directors Club on Thursday December 10th, for a holiday celebration and food drive. Appetizers are on us, there is a cash bar, and a lot of good company and cheer. Admission is FREE for members if you bring a canned, boxed or other goods (See the list of most needed items.) which we will donate to the CT Food Bank. Help us help others, and make new and old connections.
The Blind Rhino, 15 North Main Street, South Norwalk — Right next to our office. Registration Here

Great Raffle Prizes including an Adobe Ink and Slide Pen worth $100. Reposted from

November 2015

INSOURCE Signature Event
November 18, 2015 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
SVA Theater, New York, NY
In-house creative teams, and those that lead them, face unique challenges that only other in-house creative professionals can understand. On November 18th join InSource in New York City as we hear in-house leaders present pointed 15-minute perspectives related to working in-house.

Sign up here: Registration







October 2015

Evolve SymposiumEvolve 3.0 Symposium
Mark your calendars for Evolve 3.0: The Business Symposium for Design Firm Leaders on Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd. The intimate 2-day symposium is designed to deliver actionable results for evolving your creative business. Join other creative leaders and peers from around the country to engage in transparent and honest conversations on the hottest challenges and opportunities facing creative businesses today. You’ll leave Evolve with actionable strategies that you can implement immediately.





A Great Day of Design for Philly!
Thursday, October 15th

The world's most talented creatives are headed to Philadelphia to share inspiring insights about all things design — advertising, architecture, branding, copywriting, graphic design, industrial design, interaction design, interiors, lettering, media design, and typography design. Great speakers: Nick Asbury, Annie Atkin, Spencer Charles, Craig Dykers, John Ryan, Kelly Thorn, Alisa Wolfson, Oskar Zieta
Reposted from | Register now and take advantage of a 40% discount.


About the Fair

Friday, October 2ndSunday, October 4th. Designers & Books Fair 2015™ is a must for anyone who is interested in design and loves books. The Fair focuses on all aspects of design — architecture, experience design, fashion, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, product and industrial design, and urban design — and will feature:

Books on sale from more than 70 different European, Asian, and American publishers and booksellers, including antiquarian dealers. Book giveaways from many publishers, too.

Programs featuring many esteemed speakers including Milton Glaser, Steve Heller, Irma Boom, Juliet Kinchin, Philip Pearlman, and Gary Hustwit. The launch of a new book signing program including “Experiences with Authors,™” where you can win exclusive invitations to special behind-the-scenes activities with your favorite authors — including André Leon Talley, Louise Fili, Julie Iovine, Chip Kidd, and Fern Mallis. We hope you’ll join us the first weekend in October. For additional information, call (212) 777-9080 or email

Designers & Books Fair 2015™ is a project of Designers & Books — in collaboration with the Fashion Institute of Technology. Reposted from


The Secret Handshake
Are you an emerging or established designer who’s looking to Learn The Secret Handshake and gain insider insight, honest answers and solid solutions to go pro with a weekend of amazing speakers, inspiration and educational workshops? Speaker + Conference overview.
The Secret Handshake Conference in NYC at the ADC Art Directors Club on October 1st. through 3rd. Earlybird tickets available from $75 (Student) – $100 (Professional) before October 2nd.



September 2015+


An exhibition celebrating 30 years of The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, “thirty” reveals the many hidden gems amongst thousands of pieces of design ephemera in center’s collection. Made to recreate the archive in the gallery space, visitors will be able to see highlights from the collection arranged in the same flat files used by researchers in the center. The work on view will span two centuries and several continents, including several one-of-a-kind, rarely seen pieces of design. Reposted from site.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6–9pm
41 Cooper Gallery, The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, NYC (corner Third Ave & East 7th)

Opening reception & the exhibition are free and open to the public. Ongoing Exhibition: September 11 – October 3, 2015 | Monday – Saturday 10am – 7pm Sunday 12 – 5pm. More details: Exhibition thirty-Herb Lubalin


TDC 60 at SASD, University of Bridgeport; September 9th | Guest speaker: Matteo Bologna | THE NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 17–20; MoMA PS1 | Brand New Conference 2015; September 24–25
Kicking off September — TDC 60th Annual Exhibition Communication and Type Design. RSVP here.

Printed Matter presents the tenth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 18 to 20, 2015, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 17. Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. This year, the fair features over 370 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries. Last year’s fair was attended by more than 35,000 people. Read more... And closing out the month, Brand New Conference, September 24–25. TDC Members receive a special discount, contact the Executive Director, Carol Wahler of the Type
Directors Club
for the code 1-212-633-8943.


September 2015

Brand New Conference 2015Brand New Conference 2015
The Brand New Conference, a two-day event on corporate and brand identity,
runs from Thursday, September 24th to Friday, September 25th, with some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world. The conference, organized by UnderConsideration, consists of eight sessions each day offering a broad range of points of view with speakers from around the world practicing in different environments, from global consultancies, to in-house groups, to small firms. Visit the main UnderConsideration site for more information and to register.

Special discount if you a TDC member. Contact the Executive Director, Carol Wahler of the Type
Directors Club
for the code 1-212-633-8943.







August 2015

Rainmaking 101Rainmaking 101SVA / Summer Illustration Residency
Karl Heine visits the SVA Summer illustration Residency studio for a much needed session on the missing link between talent and industry. My co-panelist at a Graphic Artists Guild forum event a couple of years ago, Karl instantly caught my attention for his way with words, people, technology, materials and industry match making expertise. Not to mention his patience (I don’t know how he does it) and passion for teaching, making him a highly effective portfolio reviewer with a bottomless toolbox of ideas and connections. Everything he looks at through his vintage frame glasses, is a world of opportunities. Reposted—Rainmaking 101 / Viktor Koen's Attic Child Tumblr


July 2015

Pitch Night with Bezar and Surface MagazineThe Golden sKwirl is released! Pitch Night — 3 minutes, 3 judges is STORY’s signature designer open call for the curated gallery meets new retail environment. Every 8–10 weeks, their space transforms looking for inspiring products — and the stories only founders and their products. STORY founder Rachel Shechtman was joined by Bradford Shellhammer, co-founder of Bezar and Spencer Bailey, editor-in-chief at Surface Magazine. The concept — pitch a ready for market product to the panel, showing and telling why your product should be sold at STORY, on Bezar, or featured in Surface Magazine. My Story: kHyal noticed the call to pitch through STORY'S online posting. kHyal's encouragement gave that extra push to present a new spin to our Recycled Italian Leather Journal. No real time, just 72 hours, but last minute deadlines are exciting. With the help of A2A Studio Solutions and a FedEx from my main source for my special covers — the Golden sKwirl came to life. I pitched this journal with two types of paper — Mohawk Options 70lb text, 100% PCW and 6mil Stone Paper made with limestone powder and a PE binding resin. The unique properties — waterproof, tear resistant and sustainable.
Bradford was skeptical so he doused half his water bottle over the surface with no smudging exclaiming "I'm sold". Shortly after, all three judges wanted costs and delivery timelines resulting to "yes, we want to produce a custom journal for STORY for the holidays".


June 2015

Mohawk's Raw Materials: Journals
June 24, 2015 The Paper Chronicles article — Mohawk's Raw Materials: Journals.
Author: Sarah Schwartz —  Founding Editor Stationery Trends, an award-winning trade quarterly magazine devoted to all things paper.

You’ve seen one journal, you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong! While the resurgence in journals + notebooks (especially and even amongst tech-industry types) is evidence of a cultural shift dubbed by New Yorker contributor David Sax the revenge of analog, makers are infusing journals with their own personal stamp. Here are three who use the Mohawk papers literally as the blank pages to bring their own visions to life. All are produced not only with an eye towards inspiring creativity, but sustaining the planet.Karl Heine is the founder/fabricator of DesignerJournals, who entered the market by happy accident. “While teaching and lecturing at design schools, Inoticed many students weren’t writing anything down — so I decided to make journals by hand and give them away. After numerous requests, I started crafting larger batches. I believe strongly that writing or sketching during a talk, conference, or event is an important element to keeping that connection between ideas and remembering.”

He also noticed that the market is saturated with a wide variety of what he describes as mystery papers and covers. “We wanted to create a line of journals with highly recycled paper geared towards the design community with unique covers and fabrication techniques not available before. Our first line experimented with Marmoleum® covers made with natural materials and 100% renewable material previously only used for flooring and counter treatments.”


March 2015

TypeTalk: How Good Typography Can Help Your Job Search

By Ilene Strizver: Reposted from CreativePro Karl and kHyal. ©Photo by Mark Mann

Karl Heine, principal and solutionist of creativeplacement with offices in CT and NY, knows what it takes for creatives to nab that perfect job. After all, he has been placing creative talent for over 25 years, with many extremely satisfied clients and employers. Karl often lectures designers and students on how to best present themselves and their work to prospective employers or clients to get noticed amidst a sea of potential candidates, and hopefully get that job. One important element that most employers are looking at is a candidate’s typography skills. kHyal is a creative director, strategist and writer who partners with Karl in life and work—including museum, conference and design school workshops, lectures on business practices and marketing for creative professionals, as well as portfolio and resume reviews. We spoke with both Karl and kHyal about this very important topic.

 How important is good typography for creatives when looking for a job?

A. Graphic Design has become an increasingly overcrowded industry. And, in the US, still does not require certification of any kind. While untrained, or under-trained, designers are able to find full- and part-time jobs, and freelance projects, the top tier opportunities still require a high level of talent, skill and knowledge in all aspects of design, and very heavily in typography. Design professionals hiring within agencies and in-house corporate design departments meticulously review all materials from prospective candidates, starting with typography. Many design firm owners and creative directors pride themselves on being typographically savvy, and if they see the incorrect use of type, spacing and style, it can determine whether if they will go to the next step of viewing a portfolio or website. Read more...



February 2015

wdsl Symposium
On February 21, 2015, Design Observer hosted a unique symposium “What Design Sounds Like.” Featuring an International line-up of speakers, sharing their thoughts and concepts — no multimedia or fancy visuals, just their words. Through Designer Observer's generosity — wdsl was free, attracting 500 attendees. We were very proud to be a supporting sponsor and create a Designer Journal for the event. Sara Jamshidi — Senior Designer at Design Observer approached me during a CADC-AIGA Connecicut-AIGA Brand Central Holiday Party. We had met several years earlier during her senior year at University of Connecticut. During my lectures, I usually hand out one of our creativeplacement journals to each student, encouraging them to keep ideas flowing on paper. We used our custom WetSuit cover, matte black — soft and supple with exceptional debossing/foil stamping properties. Sara remembered this journal and wanted to collaborate on a wdsl journal. Pictured: 4" x 6" pocket-size red metal wire, with an orange fly sheet. WetSuit 25pt. cover, debossed front + black foil stamped inside front and back. The interior — 75 sheets of Mohawk Options 70lb text, recycled paper — 100% PCW for sustainability. Read more on Felt & Wire.


January 2015

Go kHyal — great article by Knotwe — Kari Britta Lorenson

Fashion is irrational, expansive, a semiological beast that floods, pushes and escapes, adaptive to constraints and free expression. To use the term fashion in the broadest sense, far from just the runways of high fashion and more specifically fashion as a term referring to a philosophy, as a reflection of cultural, sociological and psychological significance that moves far beyond clothes and reflects our perceptions of change and importance. As such fashion bellows the sails of Art (pun intended); subject to its logic and governed by its insistence on innovative supplementation, cyclically caught in the act of forgetting and remembering. Every snapshot branding the hyper-ecstatic beauty of its temperment. Read more... Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: ©Texa Gaya, Design Miami/ Follow kHyal @






September 2014

SONO Studio CrawlThe Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) decided this year’s studio crawl will take place in South Norwalk (SONO), “the ONLY commercial design district from New York to Boston”. With 30+ years of on-going revitalization projects, historical preservation, the SONO waterfront downtown community is a mecca of design. The tour will start at 6pm sharp — meeting at TR SoNo Partners Offices: 12 South Main Street, Norwalk. Visit the CADC website for all the details and to sign up.

September 2014

The Furture of FabricationThe future is here with Fabhaus — a next-generation high-tech fabrication studio that focuses on providing affordable manufacturing to artists and designers. Located 60 miles north of NYC in the Hudson Valley near Dia:Beacon, Fabhaus has an extensive network of local partners including manufacturers, material producers and traditional craftspeople. More... Seating is limited and to guarantee a spot — RSVP here on Eventbrite. Fabhaus on Facebook and Instagram.


TDC — Director-at-LargeMembership Chair —  July 2014 – present

Karl’s recent election to the board of the Type Directors Club and role as Membership Chair to further the club's mission dedicated to type enthusiasts to celebrate type, handlettering and design excellence past, present and future. Join us this fall for many exciting events. For starters, here are the next four in September.




New Appointment —  Fashion Institute of TechnologyAdjunct Professor starting August 28th

Karl was recently recruited by Fashion Institute of Technology to teach “Starting a Small Business” aimed at Packaging Designers to elevate the program and develop a new syllabus geared towards real world business practices. In this ever changing industry, it is essential for packaging designers to know how to market themselves and hone these skills towards launching a packaging design firm in the future.

To enhance student learning experiences, with frequent visiting speakers from major design studios and brands, and TDC events featuring elite packaging design firms such as Stranger and Stranger. See below for what's happening in September or visit the TDC website. Special discounts for students.

July 2014

Guests lecturer — SVA Summer Residency — Illustration and Visual Storytelling: Art & Industry, July Session Hire Voltage — The Art of Self Promotion.


April – June 2014

January – March 2014

Graphic Artist Guild — Panel Discussion — The Creative Job Market Exposed, Pratt, NYC 3/26

A panel discussion for illustrators, designers, art directors and other professionals on issues related to design, illustration, interactive design, marketing, art direction, technology and other related issues for everyone who works within the design industry.

Featuring: Viktor Koen, Award Winning Illustrator, Karl Heine, Solutionist, Debbie Millman, Sterling Brands, Doug Jaeger, Partner at JaegerSloan and Louisa Saint Pierre, Director of Illustration, Interactive and Integrated Media at Bernstein & Andriulli.








November 2013

Ampersand, Times Center NYC
& is an affordable one-day event for knowledgable web designers and type enthusiasts, featuring world recognized speakers who represent typography, typedesign, and the application of this craft in all media. creativeplacement — grassroots sponsor to support type education from this UK based organization for their first sold-out conference in the US.






July – September 2013


Being entrepreneurs ourselves, we balance two basic things - our ambitious idea and our finite resources. And while an idea may have power, an idea has no inherent value independent of execution. On August 27th, Neil Brown of Barnum will be moderating a fireside chat with four seasoned entrepreneurs, we are inviting you to hear their stories, experiences and lessons they learned along the way. They will also be addressing questions around starting your own business and the steps that entrepreneurs take. Line up...

Date/Time: 8/27 at 6:30
Venue: MNA, 127 West 24th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10011

July 2013
Thursday, July 25th. Click the image or visit the website Graphic Artist Guild
The NYC email: Most events: $20 members, $30 non-members — free to Pratt Students.
June 2013 | How Design Live, SanFrancisco | Exhibitor | Placing Talented Characters
HOW DESIGN LIVE — San Francisco was a blast! Great to see friends from all over + meet new ones. Amazing inspirational speakers and innovative exhibitors! Thanks to megaglam for designing characters and adding character to everything!
May 2013 | Talk | Portfolio Reviews | Emerging Talent | SVA, RISD, Tyler, RIT, UCONN, Creative Circus, New Paltz, Pratt, Parsons, FIT, Kutztown, Syracuse, SASD, CCSU, UHA, SCAD, Portfolio Center
April 2013 | Talk | Sustainable Materials + Printing Best Practices | FIT/NYC
February 2013 | We are happy to announce the addition of our NYC office @ wework @ 175 Varick Street, SoHo
December 2012

Creativity comes in small packages —  Felt & Wire featured post — Creative PlacemintsRead the whole story...

A special offer to celebrate our approaching 25th anniversary, starting early. Here’s how our offer works.
Refer a job candidate to creativeplacement. If we place your candidate, you’ll get your choice of:
1) a one-year free Premium Subscription to the Online Training Library®
2) an Apple iPad or iPad mini
3) an Apple iPhone 5
To see the Part & Pieces (talent, fabrication and earth-friendly materials used to create our self promotion) Links included!.


October 2012

The first Designers & Books Fair is set to launch on the last weekend of October in New York City—Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. The Fair exhibition hall will include approximately 35 U.S. and European design book publishers and booksellers displaying and selling the newest titles for the Fall and upcoming holiday season as well as important backlist titles. Special Fair discounts (up to 30%) will be available on many books.
creativeplacement and PUSH are pleased to pass along a significant discount to design community members on all programs, just click on the links and enter the codes listed after each program name to receive 40–50% off of each program and free admission to the exhibit hall. Discounts can only be obtained through PUSH/Designers & Books, not by purchasing through the Fair website.Visit the main Designers & Books website for complete description on all programs.
Join with the AIGA Metro-North Chapter just before Halloween for a frighteningly fun evening of pageantry, and celebration. Food, drink, music, talk!
Meet famous brands and branders — dead and alive.
Costumes are optional, but if you dare ...come as your favorite dead brand, or back from the dead, resurrected brand. They'll be prizes so do dress up if spirit moves you. Past Dead Brands have been a blast!

Packaging a Talent Agency — the blog post, on the Dieline. A special offer to celebrate our approaching 25th anniversary, starting early. Here’s how our Special Offer Rewards Program works:
Refer a job candidate to creativeplacement. If we place your candidate, you’ll get your choice of:
1) a one-year free Premium Subscription to the Online Training Library®
2) an Apple iPad
3) an Apple iPhone 5
To see the Part & Pieces (talent, fabrication and earth-friendly materials used to create our self promotion) Links included!.

September 2012
We had an excellent time at ABWxD Conference. Amazing projects, students and professionals working on that apply design thinking to better the world. kHyal + Karl join the Expo this year and part of the community since 2010. Visit: Better World by Design Expo.

Starting Friday, September 28th and running through Sunday September 30th. Karl + kHyal are proud sponsors of A Better World by Design Conference 2012. For the third year running, producing a special eco-friendly journal. kHyal aka MEGAGLAM donated her design for limited t-shirt. All the proceeds will help them to put on a better and more innovative conference in the future. Available now —
Graphic Design Advisory Board
Choosing the Right Design School — by Nicole Spiegel Gotsch. Karl Heine and Ilene Strizver (The Type Studio) contributors.
June 2012
Karl + kHyal were part of The How/Dieline Conference — innovators from the packaging and print world. Award-winning presenters and great insights! We had the honor of introducing our promotion at the opening event — creativeplacemints. Visit for a special referral offer!
Job opportunities — Masters of Design Program at SASD | University of Bridgeport. Promo film produced by Larry Locke Films.
May 2012
Karl Heine named to The 25 List — a true cross-section of the community, every honoree being the best at what they do, but in a wide range of different roles. We gave extra points for community service. For creative excellence. For thought leadership. For longevity. For artistry. For side projects and second careers. And finally, for having a damn good 2011. For more of what's happen across Connecticut, visit
April 2012

Guest Speaker | UCONN | April 2nd @ 6pm

Karl Heine presented the latest chapter in his series of "Designing a Better Design Career". The Look, The Book, The Hook highlights the three main elements needed for a successful communication within the design community when starting to seeking employment right after graduation.

March 2012
Graphic Design Advisory Board
Skills Designers need now — Graphic design industry veterans and members of the Advisory Board Karl Heine, solutionist/principal of creativeplacement® — a talent recruitment firm dedicated to fulltime and project based placements in the design industries, and Matthew Hocking, Director of the Shillington School, took time to address some of my questions on the topic.

1. What skills do designers need most now? Some trends I see are mobile design, UX/UI and video.

Karl: For emerging graphic designers — mobile design, UX/UI and video knowledge are valuable and in high demand in many agencies. The core skills needed — part chameleon, part acrobat and visionary. To have adaptive behavior, staying nimble with all technology and adding design thinking, these are the new skills. All professional designers still need a strong knowledge of typography, color and production as it applies their discipline.

Matt: A lot of potential employers are ask for skills and experience in UX/UI, mobile, video, etc. whether the role actually requires it or not. Designers love acronyms and love using them out of context too. I believe that while years of experience designing for a particular type of project is great, having a general understanding of the limitations
and capabilities of these technologies is sometimes more important than being necessarily a ‘UX/UI designer’. Designers shouldn’t feel overwhelmed when applying for these roles. Technology will always be changing but design principles aren’t. Read more...

February 2012
Graphic Design Advisory Board
Karl Heine joins advisory board.
January 2012
Karl Heine returns to the University of Bridgeport (Spring 2012) as an adjunct professor to teach Business Practices and Ethics at the new Shintaro Akatsu School of Design program. The class will focus on all the required skills for emerging designers to effectively communicate to the design community when seeking employment or interships. Key elements — resume/portfolio development (Flaunt an Armin Vit publication), email protocol, interview techniques, social media, networking and ethical practices outlined in the Graphic Artist Guild's Pricing and Ethical Guideline.
November 2011
Tuesday, November 15th — Karl Heine | Noble Desktop NYC | 2 sessions 3–5 and 6–8
Staying invisible — easy. Staying at the top of the list — challenging. This seminar is about maximizing visibility to get hired — fulltime, freelance and project-based. With too much information jamming the Internet, representation and navigation has become an art form. We will explore how the old rules still apply in the new world. The plan of action: SOP (Standard Operating Procedure), The three Cs, What you don't know will hurt you, The seven Rs, Hanging with the wrong crowd, What I did last summer, Presentation nightmares, The WOW factor, Winning vs whining.

Wednesday, November 9thA2A Studio Solutions presents Jessica Hische|

Jessica Hische — Cutting her teeth with New York's Louise Fili Ltd. and Philadelphia's Headcase Design before striking out on her own, Jessica Hische has compiled an impressive portfolio encompassing illustration, lettering, and commercial typefaces. Along with an enviable client list, she is recognized as one of today's most influential emerging voices in typographic design. Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and self-described "avid internetter", best known for her personal projects Daily Drop Cap and the Should I Work for Free flowchart. Just five years out of college, she currently serves on the TDC board of Directors and is one of the more accomplished young "designistrators" working today.

This event is part of the A to A Studio Solutions Seminar Series co-sponsored by The Type Directors' Club. Remember there is NO charge for this event. Seating is extremely limited. Make your reservation as soon as possible. To reserve your seat, email:

October 2011

October 5thGerard HuertaA2A Studio Solutions

Huerta is responsible for an astonishing number of the most iconic and recognizable logos in contemporary society.

Born and raised in Southern California — educated at the Art Center College of Design, Huerta's bio is literally too lengthy to list; a veritable laundry list of "who's who" in the entertainment world.  His work includes logos for the music groups Boston, AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Bob Dylan, and the Charlie Daniels Band. Huerta then went on to develop logos for HBO, People Magazine, Swiss Army Brands, Time, Money Magazine, Pepsi, Nabisco. His innovative and exceedingly memorable masthead designs have revolutionized brands and transcended beyond mere graphic design.  Everyone knows Gerard Huerta, they just don't know it. 

Cove House | 47 Euclid Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 | 203.388.9050 | This event is part of the A to A Studio Solutions Seminar Series. Remember there is NO charge for this event.

September 2011

A late September weekend in NYC — Reboot Retool Refuel brought a cross section of knowledgeable professionals speaking on topics every designer, illustrator and creative needs to capture to stay competitive. The Graphics Artist Guild hosted this event at Pratt. Kicking off Saturday morning, Heine will be speaking on a valuable topic — Fast Forward — continuing with our mission — creating best practices to Get Noticed. Visual communications have been evolving at a breakneck speed. How you show and what you show it on is a vital piece of your presentation. Staying up and ready to communicate with your audience is as critical as what you are representing in your work.

The Speakers — Daniel Palevin, Ilise Benun/Marketing Mentor, Gerard Huerta, Karl Heine, Margaret Cusack, Tom White, Christopher Irving and Tim Goldman. Check out the entire schedule to take in the whole weekend or a small piece. Register early — highly recommended to enjoy the whole weekend of inspiration with your peers. Thanks again to Mark Bennett/Graphic Artist Guild President for creating this venue for the entire creative community.

Images: © Graphic Artists Guild, kHyal/

July 2011
February 2011

The Fairfield County Adobe Users Group was founded in 2010 by Adam Wahler of A to A Studio Solutions, then joined by Karl Heine of creativeplacement and kHyal™ of fiZz. The Fairfield County Adobe Users Group will meet once a month at alternating locations in Stamford and South Norwalk. Monthly meetings are of free of charge to all Adobe users. Manipulating Photoshop featuring Juliano Michelangelo Barrotti on Wednesday, February 9th at 7pm. This is a free event. Several spots left. RSVP early.
The mission of the group is to provide an open forum for creative professionals using Adobe products to share and expand their knowledge across all relevant Adobe platforms. The group is founded on a self-help concept used within the context of community for continued learning opportunities through the collective knowledge base and expertise of its’ members.

The Fairfield County Adobe Users Group will meet once a month at alternating locations at A to A Studio Solutions in Stamford and PUSH/creativeplacement in South Norwalk. For more information, call Karl Heine at 203-838-7772 or Adam Wahler at 203-388-9050.


This Workshop has been postponed until later this spring. To be announced. Gourmet Typography Workshop | Friday, February 18th 9am – 4:30pm
Every creative professional, including the most seasoned designer, can benefit from learning to communicate more effectively with type. These sessions will give you the expert-level typographic skills and aesthetics necessary to master typography, and visibly improve your type. Gourmet Typography Training will sharpen your eye and reignite your passion for typography. Take control of your type instead of letting it control you!

Topics covered include:
• OpenType explained
• Are you a type criminal? The worst (and most common) type crimes
• How to finesse your typography, including letter spacing, word spacing, kerning, alignment, and more.
• Software secrets to setting professional typography
• Kerning demystified

$295/professional | $195/student | Group rates available call Karl Heine @ 203-838-5555
A healthy breakfast and lunch will be included for this workshop. Limited seating — RSVP early.

About the Speaker
Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio, is a typographic consultant, designer, writer and educator specializing in all aspect of visual communication, from the æsthetic to the technical. Ilene formerly was the Director of Typeface Development for International Typeface Corporation (ITC) where she developed more than 300 notable text and display typefaces. She writes the popular column, fy(t)i For Your Typographic Information for, as well as TypeTalk for Her book, Type Rules! The Designers Guide to Professional Typography, 3rd edition, has received numerous accolades from the type and design community. She conducts her widely acclaimed Gourmet Typography Workshops internationally.

Thanks Ilene for making our first Salon of 2011 a success!

Are you a type criminal? Don’t be afraid to confess — even the most seasoned designer can commit an occasional type crime, by accident or inattention. Join Ilene Strizver of The Type Studio and find out as she discusses the 10 worst type crimes, and signs copies of the newly released 3rd edition of her book, Type Rules! The designer’s guide to professional typography. Whether you are a designer, art director, educator, or student (or even an editor or marketing professional!) don’t miss this opportunity to meet Ilene and experience her dynamic presentation style. Free event.
December 2010

Spark Your Creativity and Challenge Your Intellect

If you have a degree in what field is it? I come from the school of hard knocks. I attended Emerson College, The Art Institute of Boston, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Boston Film and Video Foundation in the 1980s but couldn’t sit still long enough to graduate. When I moved to Los Angeles, I attended programs on legal issues in the visual arts at Loyola Law School then got distracted by the cause of one of the speakers—Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts—and became a fundraising chair for them and abandoned my studies while working in Beverly Hills for an art gallery and also for a restorer. The gallery taught me how to market expensive art and put on celebrity events; the restorer taught me the art of making period picture frames for LACMA, the Getty and the Norton Simon Museum. It was fascinating work that involved finishing hand-carved, gold leaf frames to make them appear centuries old. Truth be told, I learned about design in my childhood from reading the books and back issues of annuals and magazines like CA that I found on my father’s bookcase. I learned it quietly and alone inside my head and later I disciplined myself to execute it successfully through a continuous stream of failures that I worked through until they shined. I’m still doing that. More...

November 2010

The Fairfield County Adobe Users Group launches on November 17th at 6:30pm with an Open House at A to A Studio Solutions in Stamford. The group was the brainchild of Adam Wahler of A to A, then joined by Karl Heine of creativeplacement and kHyal™ of fiZz.

The mission of the group is to provide an open forum for creative professionals using Adobe products to share and expand their knowledge across all relevant Adobe platforms. The group is founded on a self-help concept used within the context of community for continued learning opportunities through the collective knowledge base and expertise of its’ members.

The Fairfield County Adobe Users Group will meet once a month at alternating locations in Stamford and South Norwalk. Monthly meetings are of free of charge to all Adobe users. Join us on facebook and spread the word on our event page.


kHyal™ + Karl Heine join forces again! GetNoticed! Career + SocialMedia Visibility. Learn important tactics, techniques and competencies critical for success at any stage of your creative career — plus, simple steps to rise above the clutter and get noticed.

Our fourth engagement — @ AWNY (Advertising Women of New York) | 54th annual Advertising Career Conference. Saturday, November 13 from 2pm (Our engagement). (Fashion Institute of Technology) FIT 27th Street & 7th Avenue. This event is outstanding — key industry leaders speaking freely about the industry and what will give you the edge when seeking your first job out of school. All students — communication, marketing, advertising and design should attend. Registration deadline is November 5th.


Social Media Sync | kHyal™ | the Grove | 9:00am, Tuesday, November 23 2010
Hot Coffee, Pancakes and Innovative Ideas.

Wake up and meet up with the Twittersphere, FourSquare, bloggers, and Facebook friends in the Greater New Haven Community to discuss innovative ways social media is being used to grow businesses, develop communities, and create social change. Each week we will feature a different social media professional to speak about how they are using social media in new ways. Social Media Sync is a great way to network, connect, and learn.

As our featured presenter for November 9th we are pleased to welcome kHyal™ of fiZz, a results driven effervescent communication agency. fiZz is a strategy-driven collaborative studio with a focus on integrating social marketing tools. Everything we do targets maximum reach for your project goals. We don’t let our right brain fool our left brain. And, we don’t let our left brain dilute the power of our work. We believe in balance. The best of all worlds, skillfully meshed to deliver measurable results.

October 2010

A to A Studio Solutions | In Control. Sometimes | Carin Goldberg | Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Since 1982 Carin designed hundreds of book jackets for every major American publishing house. In recent years her image making has expanded to publication design and brand consulting for clients including The Gap (AR Media), Time Inc., Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, The School of Visual Arts and Sterling Brands. In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious AIGA Gold Medal, an honor considered to be the highest in America recognizing an exemplary career inn graphic design.

In November 2010, a retrospective of her work and career will be exhibited at Musée Géo-Charles, Échirolles, France. Carin Goldberg will talk about how she manages (and doesn't manage) her career, her clients, her personal life, and her work after 35 years of practice.


In 2011, PUSH goes mobile with Design Camp on Block Island. Revel in nature with like-minded creative professionals for three days of hedonistic play and design learning. Stay tuned as we develop and solidify the schedule for an intense three days of design thinking and workshops in a breathtaking world of natural beauty. On the menu: welcome dinner by a master chef, typography in nature, plein air painting, found object sculpture workshop, natural clay spa on the beach and more!

PUSH is an ongoing series of handcrafted workshops, salons and events developed to expand the learning opportunities of creative professionals at every stage in their careers. From tips on typography and the lost art of letterpress — to rapidly evolving emerging interactive technologies. From creating a portfolio for success — to techniques that get your resume noticed. From how to present your best self in an interview — to mapping out a career shift — and more. PUSH provides the tools and training to keep you pushing toward your goals.

September 2010

kHyal™ + Karl Heine join forces again! GetNoticed! Career and SocialMedia Visibility. Learn important tactics, techniques and competencies critical for success at any stage of your creative career — plus, simple steps to rise above the clutter and get noticed.

Our third engagement — @ School of Visual Arts/NYC on Thursday, September 23 from 7 – 9pm. SVA Amphitheater, 209 E. 23 Street, 3rd floor


New posts every day! DesignerGrill is a collaboration between design team kHyal™ and Karl Heine. It combines their love of art, design, technology, fashion, style, food, books, events, education, music, travel, adventure and more! Join us on Facebook/Karl, Facebook/kHyal™,Twitter @karlheine and @kHyal.


A to A Studio Solutions Event | Our Monthly Free / No-Charge-to-Attend Event | Typographic Tattoo | Ina Saltz | 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Etched in Flesh: Garamond, Helvetica, Univers, Caslon and more. Typographic tattoo expert Ina Saltz will share images and the fascinating stories behind the tattoos from her new book, "Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos" (the sequel to "Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh"). Reserve Early — seating is limited. Contact Allan Wahler at 203-388-9050 or email.

April 2010

A to A Studio Solutions Event | Gail Anderson | April 22, 2010

It may be a stereotype, but creative people tend to be magnets for weird, odd or unusual stuff. But it turns out that all that stuff-from bottle caps to interesting postcards-can have a positive impact on your work. Gail Anderson is the creative director at SpotCo, a New-York based agency that specializes in creating artwork and campaigns for Broadway theater. Prior to this, she served as senior art director at Rolling Stone magazine. Gail's work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers, the Type Directors Club, AIGA, Communication Arts and Print; she is also the co-author, with Steven Heller, of New Vintage Type, Astounding Photoshop Effects, American Typeplay and the upcoming New Ornamental Type.

March 2010
kHyal™ + Karl Heine join forces launching GetNoticed! Career and SocialMedia Visibility. Our first engagement — CADC | 2010 Student Conference @ Sacred Heart University on Saturday, March 27th.

Recycle Your Inspiration. Give your unwanted books and publications a new life. Young minds entering the creative industry need inspiration. Design students to collections sitting on your bookshelf collecting dust. Our BookDrive initiative — sponsored by PUSH, DesignerGrill and Mohawk Fine Papers — will pick up any design-related books or publications you choose to donate at your location.
Drop-offs are also welcome at the following locations during regular business hours (call for details). creativeplacement/Karl | 203-838-7772, Mascola/Nick | 203-469-6900, Co:lab/Troy | 860-951-7782, Taylor Design/Steve | 203-969-7900. Details.
January 2010

January 29th, kHyal™ and Karl presented Career and Social Media Bootcamp to the entire student body at the Creative Circus. Immediately following, we did a Podcast (Episode# 71) hosted by Dan Balser. DGMSDon't Get Me Started. Dan interviews creative professionals with a voice and influence on the industry with insight for his Creative Circus student population.

Dan Balser has been an advertising copywriter for 19 years, and since 2002 he has been a teacher and Department Head at The Creative Circus advertising school in Atlanta. More inspiratation at The Headline-A-Day Page.

Episode# 70. An Super interview with Steve Mykolyn CCO of Taxi covers a lot of ground, including hunting for inspiration, Taxi's philosophy and the value of doubt.

Felt & Wire Article | Sketchbook: Heine's Journals build histories & futures

It was my Grandmother who inspired me to create DesignerJournals. She was a consummate adventurer and documented all of her experiences. I found this out simply by being a passenger on her travels — not a passenger by any particular means — but as a guest on her adventures in the filtering light of my youth. More

Designer Journals are available in three cover materials — linoleum, recycled leather, and wetsuit — with 33 different designs and colors, wire coil bound and bleed-proof. The materials chosen are sustainable; the interior sheets are 100% postconsumer waste, the covers are made from postconsumer waste materials and recycled fiber, and the wire coil binding
is 90% recycled steel. More at MohawkPaper/news

Live and Happening! DesignerGrill is a collaboration between design team kHyal™ and Karl Heine. It combines their love of art, design, technology, fashion, style, food, books, events, education, music, travel, adventure and more!


Kicking off the new year, kHyal™ and Karl will present an exciting multimedia venue combining social media + career bootcamp to the entire student body at the Creative Circus in Atlanta Georgia on January 29th. Thanks to DC Washington/Director of Career Services.

December 2009

Rock the block at the rockinest party for creative professionals this year in SoNo!

Network with peers, expand your horizons, enjoy gourmet tastes
of favorite area food and wine purveyors, dance until you drop,
celebrate the magic of SoNo while making new industry connections!

Join the party at Palace Digital Studios in their newly rennovated sound stage, a former Vaudeville Theatre where Mae West and Harry Houdini once performed!

This event is presented to you by Palace Digital Studios, fiZz Agency, creativeplacement and Register


A to A Studio Solutions and Adobe® Systems presented

"Professional Techniques with Adobe Photoshop®, Lightroom®, and Illustrator®"
Most graphics professionals spend much of their lives in Photoshop, Illustrator, or Lightroom, but how many really *know* these products well? In this two hour presentation, designer and Adobe Certified Expert Scott Citron will wow you some of the best tips and tricks for using these amazingly powerful applications. If you make your living in any of these programs but know there's more to know, you won't want to miss this fantastic (and fun) evening. Scott Citron is the principal of Scott Citron Design, a one-man shop in Manhattan that specializes in fine design for print and web. Years ago he became interested in Adobe InDesign and taught a series of 23 InDesign workshops in NY and CT for Adobe following the release of InDesign v2.0.

November 2009

Our offical Launch! DesignerGrill is a collaboration between design team kHyal™ and Karl Heine. It combines their love of art, design, technology, fashion, style, food, books, events, education, music, travel, adventure and more!

October 2009

AIGA Metro-North | Dead Brands Halloween Party in Sleepy Hollow with Michael Bierut

AIGA’s Metro-North chapter invites you to join us for a frighteningly fun evening of talk, pageantry, and snacking. We will begin at 6pm with wine and finger-food, followed by a ghastly talk by Michael Bierut on dead and resurrected brands. Next, a dead brand pageant and crowning for the best dead brand costume. (There will be prizes!) And in the end, music to wake the dead. Check here for more.
Come costumed as your favorite dead brand—or come as you wish!


Karl Heine | Guest Speaker | CCSU/CT | October 28th @ 2pm | DES 438

Karl Heine will present the latest chapter in his series of "Designing a Better Design Career". The Look, The Book, The Hook highlights the three main elements needed for a successful communication with the design community. The Design Communications Program at Central Connecticut State University chaired by Sue Vial, a key member of CCSU for over 20 years. Sue also heads up Central Design which is an in house design agency at CCSU enabling design students to get out side design projects from design firms and corporations.

Portfolio Center Review | 11am–7pm ADC/NYC | visit for details and future school events/registration.

A Better World by Design creates connections to make our world a better place. October 2–4@Brown & RISD, Providence, RI

A Better World by Design conferece was an outstanding forum bringing a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island, to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal. Presenters shared engaging stories, workshops gave creative insight, and discussions reframed perspectives. A Better World by Design was an immersive experience that clarified our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to reshape our communities and sustain our environment.

AIGA Metro-North | First Annual Chapter Meeting | Join us and make a difference!
Location: A to A Studio Solutions | Time: 7:00pm Thursday, October 1st.
Check here for more.
September 2009

Taste of SoNo | Change the Date | Spring 2010 | A Food Odessey

Based on renewed interest from several restaurants, we decided to return to the original venue season and hold our benefit in the spring. Stay tuned for more as we approach 2010.

The Taste of SoNo originated from my idea of bringing the creative community together, integrating a networking event with a tasting of the finest cuisine South Norwalk has to offer.

I wanted to share my love of this neighborhood and its restaurants with my clients by creating a memorable themed event appealing to the creative community and sharing the tastes of the top-notch SoNo restaurants that enrich the downtown scene. Our website: is in the make over phase. Tickets will go on sale, January 1, 2010.

AIGA | Metro-North | Pangea Event
Joshua Onysko, Founder + CEO of Pangea Organics spoke to our AIGA metro-north chapter at Earthplace in Westport. We brought together many industry professionals from Fairfield, Westchester and Hartford counties to hear Joshua tell his interesting journey over the last 10 years that put Pangea on the map. To join our chapter, call Karl Heine @ 203-838-7772. Add your name to our mailing list, click here. aiga mailing list For more information about the AIGA, visit
August 2009
InDesign Workshop with Scott Citron
Our InDesign/Workshop with Scott Citron on Friday, August 21st was well received. Attendees from Westchester, Fairfield and Hartford Counties included a cross section of professionals from design studios, corporate art departments and independent freelancers. Rounding off our group were two students. One from Middlesex College the other from Moore College of Art. Thanks again to Scott Citron for a great workshop! For information about future workshops, training or salons call Karl Heine @ 203-838-5555.
July 2009

Our High-Rez Photoshop/Workshop on Friday, July 31 featured Juliano Michelangelo Barrotti was a big hit. Special offer, "The Adventures of Edward the Mouse" is available for $95.
First 25 orders with be autographed and personalized. Click here for details.


AIGA/Fast Brands featuring Matt Biespiel/McDonald's | July 16

Spark/nyc BBQ | July 14

CADC/Milton Glaser Movie | July 9

May 2009

University of Bridgeport | Alumni Event/Senior Show: May 2

RISD | Senior Recruiment: May 4

Syracuse University, Lubin House/NYC: May 5–6

SVA | ADC/NYC: Senior Show: May 6–8

Tisch School/NYC: Senior Show: May 11

Pratt | Senior Show/NYC: May 12

ADC/Coroflot/NYC: May 15

ICFF/NYC: May 16

April 2009

Quinnipiac University | Speaking engagement: April 30th

University or Bridgeport | Student show: April 30th.

CADC | Student Conference, University of Hartford, April 25 (Saturday). All students enrolled in design, fine art or marketing programs should attend this all day event. Alexander Isley will delivery the keynote address.

Speaking engagement: SVA, Ilene Strizver's Typography class, April 21st

April 16–17. This was an outstanding event. When ideas do happen, it is not by accident. What separates creative people who make their ideas happen from the constant dreamers? Behance is partnering with Cool Hunting to host "99%": a conference that focuses less on inspiration, and more on how idea generation and organization come together to make ideas happen.
One True City | Metro-North premier event was a hugh success. James Sanders presented a lively history of New York City through architecture, history and film. Following his presentation, James signed his two books; Celluloid Skyline and New York, An Illustrated History. Thanks to UCONN Stamford for hosting our opening. Visit for upcoming events for the Metro-North and the Connecticut AIGA chapters.

Syracuse University, Design Career Fair April 2–3 | Speaking/recruitment
March 2009
Announcement: We are improving and upgrading our website this month and just soft launched an exciting new website, talentEducation To help our design community professionals grow while developing better skills for a more rewarding career. Stay tuned to get tuned up!

Free At Noble Desktop Headquarters/NYC, March 26th at 7pm. Call NobleDesktop for reservations. An afternoon session was added due to popular demand. Networking Drive + Passion + Skills = Opportunity

Are you a Design Professional who’s looking to get more out of your studio or career? Are you in pursuit of true happiness? Are you wasting valuable time stuck in the process, instead of focusing on what drives your passion? Learn why you need multiple marketing efforts in your repertoire.

Our Premier Push Salon | March 12th. Many thanks to Scott Carson who provided a rich format of valuable information for increasing awareness in email marketing.
Great information geared toward the future of advancing the knowledge base for educators. Speakers: W.I.T. Mitchell | University of Chicago | Keynote | The future of the Image, Kenya Hara | Musashino Art University, Leslie Becker, Ph.D | California College of the Arts, Sheila Levrant De Bretteville | Yale, Sen Bolan | University of Washington to name a few.
February 2009
Carnegie Mellon | Confluence '09 | "Designing a Better Design Career". Speaking about real world tools to land a great design. The next day, we interviewed students in communication design, interactive, and industrial design. Thanks again to Carnegie Mellon and the entire career services staff.
January 2009
Our sponsored Inspirational Jam at O'Neil's had a super turn out with over 50+ attendees. Thanks to Rachel Rowan and the cadc. For up coming events, visit:
Back from a great west coast trip mostly in and around SanFrancisco. We were at Macworld checking out the latest and greatest releases. We spent a lot of time with the crew. The show was a bit smaller from previous years but well worth it. New development from a couple small companies not in the spotlight: Solio who produces a solar charger for iPhone, iPod and other related devices. Check it out at
The other cool company was Livescribe. They produce the PULSE smartpen. A pen and special notebook that can record your handwriting, voice with a very high degree of accurancy. The next generation in early spring, will be a self printable digital-read paper so the pen is all you need. Check it out at

The Advocate's article, December 31, 2008. Excerpt: "The arts commission got help from creativeplacement, a recruitment firm for designers with offices on North Main Street, to find artists to create the posters for the campaign, dubbed It's a Wonderful Norwalk."

The designers were allowed free reign, with the caveat that the posters not be overtly religious or political, and promote peace and goodwill.

"I actually think it went exceptionally well," said Karl Heine, principal at creativeplacement, whose wife, kHyal, who owns the fiZz agency, created the poster at Sweet Rexie's. Click here to read the whole article.

December 2008
We are please to announce the Pushworkshop and fiZz identity just won awards in Graphic Design USA under Logos, Trademarks and Symbols. Published in the GD USA November/December 2008 issue on page 197. Visit:
kHyal's agency, develops effervescent creative strategies for branding and technology projects large and small. fiZz delivers supreme results in branding, interactive, website development, marketing communications and public relations. Website:
365: AIGA Design Exhibition 29 | 12/11/08–2/20/09
SVA | Invited Speaker
Karl Heine was invited back to speak about how to prepare yourself for the real world. Ilene Strizver, Instructor and typography expert and founder of the The Type Studio invites Karl to speak to her class each semester. Karl spoke about what to expect when you leave school and how to communicate to design professionals, responding to Internet postings, what's happening with social media, and current trends in the industries.

November 2008
CCSU/CT | Invited Speaker
Karl Heine was invited to speak to the December 2008 graduating seniors in the Design Communications Program at Central Connecticut State University. Sue Vial, asked Karl to share his insights and in depth knowledge on what's happening now. Sue Vial has been key member of CCSU for over 20 years. Sue also heads up Central Design which is an in house design agency at CCSU enabling design students to produce real projects from CCSU internal programs, outside design firms and corporations. Hot topics: Social Media Craze (Networking in the real world), resumes (designing and writing effective communication that works), Relationship building (establishing contact outside the university. It's not what you know, it's who you know), interviewing (research, prep and looking your best), Foot hold (keep your name in front of prosective hiring managers).
October 2008

Push Presented I'm an Awesome Acrobat | View all the details

This unique salon was an eye opener into Acrobat and reveal an interactive side rarely explored with this program Many thanks to E Fitz Smtih for a great presentation. We love this story! Our friend and colleague, designer E Fitz Smith, took our Scott Citron CS3 workshop earlier this year; then came to us with something that she learned through his book, which we gave to folks who had attended our workshop. The result is this salon taught by E Fitz Smith on creating simple interactive presentations with web page clickability. Join us for I'm An Awesome Acrobat! and impress your friends, co-workers and clients with the awesome skills you'll take away. To see what new Acrobat tricks E Fitz Smith has created visit pdfpix website


The Engraved Invitation with Cannelli Printing and Mohawk Paper was great. Top-notch samples of letterpress, engraving, hot stamping, debossing and embossing were featured. Many thanks to Roxanne and Sandra from Cannelli Printing+ Lee Moody and Cindy from Mohawk Paper.

August 2008

Our New Gift of Learning Rewards Program |

The Gift of Learning Rewards Program. You'll get a one-year Premium Subscription to the Online Training Library®—that's anytime access to over 34,000 video tutorials.

The talentEd Referral Program offers a special deal. Refer a job candidate to creativeplacement, we place your candidate, you'll get a one-year free Premium Subscription to

Using will increase your skills to improve your expertise.

To join our list, enter your name and email in the upper box to the right. We will keep you informed with job alerts, Push | salons, workshops, events, and blog. Our list is private, only reaching out to the creative community and is never sold. For general inquiries email or call our office anytime@ 203-838-5555.


Our salon High-Rez Emotion featuring Juliano Barrotti of Barrotti Pictures was a huge hit. Thanks Juliano. Click the image above, to see his Journey.

The Pushworkshop salon concept keeps pushing the educational model and the focuses on topics from high level digital illustration with old school ideology Pencil to Pixel with Gerard Huerta, The Art of Presentation featuring Stuart Einhorn of PortfolioBox, High-Rez Emotion with Juliano Barrotti, The Engraved Invitation with Cannelli Printing plus Mohawk Fine Papers, FlashHero with Noble Desktop, and I'am an Awesome Acrobat with E Fitz to wrap up the season.

Pushworkshops, salons and events. All salons will be held at our space in the heart of SoNo, 13 North Main Street, South Norwalk, CT. Limit: 70 attendees. The Salon series will run from July–November. For more information call 203-838-5555.

June 2008
Communication Arts | Insight Feature Interview | 6/04/08
Insight, Education, Information. A featured interview with Karl Heine on the interactive Communcation Arts website. Entire article
April 2008
Our Mastering InDesign workshop was a great success and Scott's book Professional Design Techniques was the added bonus. Thanks Scott, we greatly appreciate your wisdom. Scott will be returning for 2 more workshops in the fall. For further information call 203-838-5555.
March 2008
RISD | In The Hot Seat
On March 11th, Karl Heine was one of two design professionals invited to participate in RISD's "In the Hot Seat": Artful Interviewing & Negotiating for Creative Jobs," as part of their Reality Check, Practical Information for Entering the Professional Art and Design World program. For this event, Heine executed a mock interview with a graduating RISD student in front of 75 other art and design students, teaching them how to answer interview questions and present themselves and their portfolios in real world settings. The program was designed to help graduates understand what questions to ask interviewers and how to negotiate their salary and benefits. Heine has had a 15-year relationship with RISD's career development office and will return to participate in the student portfolio reviews in mid-April.
Communication Arts | Freelance Rewards
Adding to the rewards program, the Freelance Rewards program offers a year subsrciption to the pinnacle communication design publication, Communication Arts. Register online at For participation and requirements give us a call at 203-838-7772.
January 2008
Push Workshops | Workshops | Salons | Events

creativeplacement proudly presents Push Workshops, an ongoing series of hand crafted workshops, salons and events to inspire and educate.

Push Workshops was developed to expand the learning opportunities of creative professionals at every stage in their careers. From tips on typography, mastering design software, the lost art of engraving, the best way to organize your portfolio, techniques to make your resume sizzle, how to present your best self in an interview, mapping out a career shift and more. We provide the tools and training to keep you pushing toward your goals.

CCSU/CT | Invited Speaker

Karl Heine was invited to speak to the graduating seniors in the Design Communications Program at Central Connecticut State University. Sue Vial, asked Karl to share his vision with her top design students. Sue Vial has been key member of CCSU for over 20 years. Sue also heads up Central Design which is an in house design agency at CCSU enabling design students to get out side design projects from design firms and corporations. This programs allows practical experience prior to working professionally after graduation. Karl addressed many of the issues students face upon graduation. Details included: establishing contact outside the university, preparing a designed based resume, interviewing methodology and keep your name in front of prosective hiring managers.

November 2007
University of Bridgeport/CT | Invited Speaker
Karl Heine was invited to speak at his alma mater The University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT. Amy Papaelias, Instructor packed the Carlson Art Gallery with graphic design/industrial design students. Karl spoke on the recent changes and best practices in getting in front of prospective employers in the creative community. Details included: First contact, resume design/development, preparing visuals and interviewing methodology.
October 2007
Taste of SoNo

The Taste of SoNo, The Delicious Sequel was a hugh success with over 150 creative professionals gathering to sample the cuisine of SoNo’s top restaurants. Our A-list of creatives migrated from Fairfield, Westchester, Hartford and New Haven Counties, and NYC will gather in style to network and groove while sampling the finest fare in Fairfield County.

Due to the tremendious support, we were able to donate $2,500 from the proceeds to the Carriage Barn Arts Center’s Creative Community Connections program, which began by targeting the Bridgeport public schools that have removed all art curriculum from elementary students due to restrictions in funding. The program strives to bring back the arts to all children who desperately need a new perspective in their curriculum. Our Taste of SoNo products will be live shortly. Download Taste of SoNo PR


(ICC) Independent Creative Club/CT | Speaking Engagement
Karl Heine was invited to speak at The Independent Creative Club in Hartford, CT. Amanda Spielman, Founder of ICC and Creative Director of Spielman Design invited Karl to speak to the ICC members on how to generate and keep the approach alive when seeking new business as a small independent design professional. Karl spoke in depth about how to be different. The evening included a deep exchange of information from delivery of dimensional mailings to reinventing yourself in a competitive market.
September 2007
Freelance Rewards | CA

Adding to our rewards program, creativeplacement announced Freelance Rewards at Flash Forward Conference in Boston hosted by We are participating in the conference with our crew and exhibit booth during the Expo on Friday, September 21st. The Freelance Rewards program offers a year subsrciption to the pinnacle communication design publication, Communication Arts. Register online starting September 21, 2007. For participation and requirements give us a call or visit

August 2007
Find | Place | Reward iPhone Rewards | Connect in style
We kicked off our hottest creativeplacement rewards program ever at The 31st Annual SoNo Arts Celebration August 4–5, 2007. Created by Karl Heine to connect in style. Touch the pad above, or link here to register you referral:
See the email campaign at
July 2007
Executive Board CADC 2007–2008 | 2nd term
Karl Heine was re-elected to the Executive Board of The Connecticut Art Directors Club for the 2007–2008 season. Karl decided to sign on again to help promote the CADC throughout the state and bring more awareness to Fairfield County. Throughout the past several years, Karl has assisted the CADC by speaking at the Annual Student Conference at the University of Hartford. For details, and to see what is happening in the Connecticut design community, visit We have included the April press release from the CADC Newsletter.
May 2007
SVA/NYC | Invited Speaker/Recruiter
Karl Heine has been invited to speak about how to prepare yourself for the real world. Ilene Strizver, Instructor and typography expert and founder of the The Type Studio invited Karl to speak to her class on typography. Karl spoke about what to expect when you leave school and how to communicate to design professionals, human resources and responding to Internet postings. Details included: resume development, preparing visuals and interviewing methodology. SVA invited us back for the 2007 graduating class of outstanding talent. creativeplacement was the only recruitment agency invited from Connecticut. The 2007 graduating class was an amazing group of students from around the world and local to the greater metro area.
Pratt Institute/NYC | Invited Recruiter
Karl Heine was invited to participate in the Pratt Institute Annual Portfolio Show for graduating seniors in the 4 year program and graduate students who completed a masters program. Top agencies, design firms, marketing companies and a select group of recruiters were in attendance. creativeplacement was the only recruitment agency invited from Connecticut. The 2007 graduating class was an amazing group of talented students from around the world and local to the greater metro area.
Syracuse University/NYC | Invited Recruiter

Karl Heine was invited to participate in the Syracuse University Annual Portfolio Show for graduating seniors in the design, illustration and advertising programs. Top agencies, design firms, marketing companies and a select group of recruiters were in attendance. creativeplacement was the only recruitment agency invited from Connecticut.

April 2007
CADC Student Conference Hartford, CT | Speaker
Karl Heine was invited back again for the 5th time by the Connecticut Art Directors Club to speak at the University of Hartford about career development to graduating seniors and other students in attendance. Karl gave 3 individual talks due to the size of the available room and the amount of students that attended this year's conference. Students in attendance were from University of Connecticut, University of New Haven, Trinity College, Southern Connecticut State University, and University of Hartford. In addition, Karl stayed after the discussion to offer advice and answer questions, review portfolios and what it takes to land your first job after graduation.
March 2007
Dynamic Graphics Magazine | Contributing Writer

Karl Heine was invited to contribute his expert views best practices dealing with freelance agencies and ideal preparation when clients are starting their search for talent. Maria Piscopo a highly esteemed writer of creative industry books and articles was the inteviewer. Direct link: Dynamic Graphic article. Download the PDF.

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