Elixir Design

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I had the recent pleasure of photographing the inner workings of Elixir, a brand identity firm based in San Francisco. Some of the photos now populate Elixir’s redesigned website; others can be seen below. (Note: Many of the photographs on Elixir’s site were taken by the inimitable John Dolan.)

It was nice to spend time with old friends and colleagues (and even celebrate a birthday!). Having managed Elixir’s day-to-day operations for 14 years (’97-’10), this team is invariably both. If you’d prefer to see the team baking cookies(!), click here.


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PrAna’s Summer Catalog is in the mail; you’ll find a few images drawn for it below. As with Spring, my job was to provide embellishment in the form of line art and color washes.

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prAna’s Spring catalogs are out in the world and I’m now happy to share a few pages from them. The catalogs were designed by Elixir; my job was to provide embellishment: background textures, product name and headline typography, line art, and various border treatments.

“Having previously worked with Kyle and knowing what he is capable of artistically, I knew he was the perfect choice to illustrate our catalogs. This was a quick job and Kyle interpreted our ideas and executed a finished product that was right on the money. I highly recommend Kyle for any job that depends on strong narratives mixed with illustration and photography.”
—Christopher Hughes Barker, Senior Graphic Designer, prAna

Thanks for the kind words Chris. I’ll post a few pages of the Summer catalog on this blog once it gets released. If you’d prefer to receive a printed catalog in the mail, visit prana.com and get on the list (select “Email/Catalog Sign-Up” at bottom left, directly above the footer I recently illustrated).

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Photographs—featuring employees of Elixir Design—were taken at an industrial kitchen in Emeryville, California. The recipe (for Chewy Orange-Almond Cookies) was hand-drawn.

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CMYK Magazine published a review of How BooksFingerprint: The Art of Making Handmade Elements in Graphic Design in their Spring / Summer 2007 issue. Compiled by Chen Design Associates, the book showcases the fusion of the digital and hand-made. Contributors include Elixir Design, Volume Inc., Chronicle Books, The Small Stakes, and myself, among many others.

Contrasting the variety of work within, the review notes “Illustrator Kyle Pierce, on the other hand, integrates drawings and his signature scrawl on color photographs to create something that looks simultaneously earthy and contemporary.”

Featured projects (shown above) include Sequoia National Park, Baker Beach, and New York City / Hoover Wilderness. Read the full review here.

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Print Magazine selected the 2001 invitation to The International Vintage Poster Fair from among 33,000 entries for their 2002 Regional Design Annual. The fair, an annual event hosted at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, kicked off last year with a Friday evening benefit for the San Francisco Chapter of the AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts). Illustrations were completed on behalf of Elixir Design for the local chapter.

Print’s Regional Design Annual is one of the most comprehensive surveys of graphic design and represents the best design, illustrations, and photography being produced throughout the United States.

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