Kevin Brainard YG2

  • Current Location: New York, NY
  • Originally From: United States
  • Studio: Pleasure

Kevin Brainard is a creative director, a designer, an educator, and the principal of Pleasure—a design studio with a diverse group of clients including the branding, publishing, and entertainment industries. Recently, Kevin was the senior design director of the experiential design firm Collins, an innovation-led firm dedicated to inventing branded experiences that shape both companies and people for the better. He has also served as the deputy design director of Martha Stewart Living, an art director at Harper Collins Publishers and Artisan Books as well as the senior designer at Spot Design (SpotCo). Kevin’s work has been recognized by AIGA Communication Graphics (365), and 50 Books/50 Covers; American Center for Design 100 Show; Art Directors Club; American Illustration; Communication Arts; Émigré; Graphis; Metropolis; New York Book Show; Print; Society of Publication Designers, Type Directors Club; and was included in ADC Young Guns 2. Books featuring his work include Becoming a Graphic Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design; Graphic Design Solutions; Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age; I Love Type, Franklin Gothic; The Language of Graphic Design; Letterforms: Bawdy, Bad, and Beautiful; New Vintage Type; Sight for Sound; and the forthcoming New Modern Type by Steven Heller and Gail Anderson. In 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Kevin’s poster for Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead as one of the “30 Greatest Movie Posters.” Kevin teaches Graphic Design Portfolio at the School of Visual Arts and Experimental Typography at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City.

Portfolio Imagery:

  • Project 1 of 5

    Book Jackets

    Mall (left), Essential Pleasures (right)


    Mall Studio: SpotCo Creative Director: Drew Hodges Art Director/Designer: Kevin Brainard Photographer: Andres Serrano Client: Jackie Seow, Simon & Schuster Essential Pleasures Studio: Pleasure Principal/Designer: Kevin Brainard Client: Francine Kass, W.W. Norton

  • Project 2 of 5

    More Now Openers, Editorial Design


    Studio: More Magazine Creative Director: Debra Bishop Design Director/Designer: Kevin Brainard Illustrators: Kevin Brainard, Mikey Burton, Aad Goudappel, Jeff Smith, Quickhoney, Client: More Magazine

  • Project 3 of 5

    Microsoft Store Identity


    Studio: Collins & The Martin Agency Executive Creative Director: Brian Collins Creative Director: John Fulbrook III Senior Design Director: Kevin Brainard Senior Art Director: Kyle McDonald Designers: Kevin Brainard, John Fulbrook III, Timothy Goodman, & Kyle McDonald Writer: Rexanna McCubbin Photographer: Christopher McLallen Director of Production: Karen Baber & Jason Nuttall Director of Strategy: Leland Maschmeyer Account Director: Stefanie Segar

  • Project 4 of 5

    Resilient, Editorial Design


    Studio: More Magazine Creative Director: Debra Bishop Design Director/Designer: Kevin Brainard Photographer: Craig Cutler Client: More Magazine

  • Project 5 of 5

    New York Knicks Rebranding


    Studio: Collins Executive Creative Director: Brian Collins Senior Design Director: Kevin Brainard Designers: Kevin Brainard, Bronson Stamp, & Charles Watlington Writer: Charles Hall

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