C&G Partners is an award-winning, multi-specialty design studio. With deep expertise in branding, exhibits, infographics, interactives, motion, print, strategy, wayfinding and web, we are uniquely organized to deliver multiple disciplines for the same client. This approach is simpler, more effective and more innovative.
15% of studios are large-sized (21+ people).
I come from a family of artists. (My uncle bought me my first set of paints when I was eight. My grandmother and aunt also painted.) Since I began with painting my earliest influences were painters. The natural world and music have been major influences on my design work, as well as the talented people I have had the pleasure to work with over the years, most recently at Chermayeff & Geismar Inc., and C&G Partners.
Average: 17 years
Well, everything, really. My wife. Blogs. Partners. Supportive clients. Things I notice out of the corner of my eye. My children. Listening carefully to people I don't agree with. Friends. My staff. The city. Other designers I've never met. Reading. More reading. Collaborators. Growing up on a farm. Seeing Star Wars in a theater in 1977. More reading. Espresso. My children's friends. My children's teachers. Writing and performing music. The history of wristwatches. Did I mention my wife? My professors. Architects who gave me a chance as a kid. People on the subway. Interns. Projects I didn't get. Old animated series on Netflix. Lego. Past colleagues. Lillet. And ... everything, really.
My mother was a devoted guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who traveled worldwide to add to her research for her tours. Seeing this from an early age conveyed the worth of hard work and informed content. My father wrote briefs as a railroad lawyer and restored furniture in our home shop after work, imparting the value and joy of handcraft. Professors allowed me to write studies of my neighborhood buildings, to animate films, to sketch architecture as I pleased, and to undertake lengthy critiques of contemporary placemaking. Chermayeff & Geismar designers introduced me to the design profession over many decades of collaboration. My current partners have helped guide me through my most revered recent and future commissions.
Ocean lifeguard; catamaran sailboat builder; typographer / paste-up artist
A major part of my design education centered around the idea of intermedia – blending mediums and designing experiences to create aesthetic experiences. It's a recurring theme in our work, we design experiences to engage independent of a medium.
In 1991 I enrolled in Pratt Institute’s Interactive Multimedia MFA program. We had to write a paper using a piece of software called Hypercard. I'm sure I'm not the only early Mac user that still has a soft spot for its endearing 2-bit display and dithered images along its terrifying, omnipresent bomb icon. Yet, the concept of selecting a word and hyperlinking it to another index card via motion blew my mind at the time, and still does in some ways. I've created more than a hundred interactive experiences in the years since — from CD-ROMs, kiosks, and apps, to websites — but nothing has yet reproduced that initial thrill of seeing that first card gracefully flip over to display another card.
Client meetings held in studio: Less than half
Books and bookshelves, Massive murals, Our friends' artwork, Our work, Photos, Process materials for ongoing projects
To each their own: some keep their desks tidy, while others like it messier.
We like it, but plan to make some changes to the space
50% of studios work 40-49 hours/week.
The average is 40-49 hours/week.
26% of studios in this range
127 bikers across all studios
59% of studios are average
32% have pets at the studio
Favorite delivery/take-out: Republic, Dig Inn, Piccolo Cafe, Pret, everywhere
Favorite sit-down lunch: Everywhere around Union Square
Favorite Place(s): Chelsea galleries, Revival, Headlesshorseman, Union Square Green Market