The Official 2014 San Francisco Poster © Studio Hinrichs

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In 2003 at the Hillsborough Antique Show in San Mateo.California, Nancy Johnson, Bookseller was exhibiting and in her booth she was featuring Long May She Wave, a graphic history of the American flag. A soft-spoken man approached Nancy and asked if he could sign some copies. The man was Kit Hinrichs, and that encounter was the beginning of a professional relationship and friendship.


Fast forward to 2011, and the Walter Larsen San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair becomes the Nancy Johnson Fair. Kit volunteered to design the Fair poster, seen on the home page and here. The 18x24" commemorative size poster was lithograph printed by Blanchette Press on a 6-color 40" Heidleberg press. The paper stock is 80# Mohawk Options Cover (with a recycled content of 30% post-consumer waste). Pre-press presentation was all digital including assembly, proofing and platemaking.


Additionally, using the same paper stock and process, mini-posters, invitations and bookmarks were created, all using the stylized "A" for Antiquarian. Kit originally had a series of book spines in the design but decided that the marble end papers was more representative of both historical and comtemporary book design.

Kit Hinrichs founded Studio Hinrichs in October 2009, following 23 years as a partner of the international design firm, Pentagram. Prior to that, he was a partner in the design consultancy Jonson, Pedersen, Hinrichs & Shakery. Over the past few decades, Kit has been an influential force in graphic design. Included among the hundreds of projects that he has design directed are the California Academy of Sciences graphic identity program, Sony Metreon Entertainment Complex identity and interior graphics, United Airlines' Hemispheres magazine, Design Within Reach identity and catalog, and countless annual report, corporate identity, packaging, exhibition, editorial, and promotional campaign programs. He is also the co-founder and design director of @Issue: Journal of Business and Design, which is now an online magablog —


Kit has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His work has been honored and widely published internationally, and several of his pieces are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design. Kit is also the co-author of several books and a much sought-after guest speaker on design. An avid collector of Stars & Stripes memorabilia, his collection of over 3,000 objects has been exhibited across the country and in Japan, and presented in the book Long May She Wave (Ten Speed Press, 2001).


Kit is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA medal in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the field of graphic design and visual communication. He is a past executive board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and has been an Art Center College of Design trustee since 1996.


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