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Eric Kass calls himself an artist.

He has lived for 40 years or so in Indiana U.S.A. You may have seen his work in 25 plus magazines like Communication Arts, more than 40 books as in Graphis Logo 6, over 30 gallery shows like the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum or ricocheting around the world wide web. You could also have seen him on the street and not even known it. He has 20+ years of varied design experience crafting evocative, hard-working brands for a wide range of patrons around the globe, from start-ups to established endeavors, retail products, unique services to the creative arts. In 2005 he founded Funnel : The Fine Commercial Art Practice of Eric Kass ( www.funnel.tv ) a multidisciplinary art and design studio in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2011 Eric was nominated for a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awardin Communication Design.


A passionate, personal philosophy and process regardless of proximity.

 

_ R A N T

* let’s be honest. i’m a commercial artist. commercial because i get paid. commercial because i strive to create meaningful connections between sellers and buyers. artist because i chisel, scrawl, sculpt, paint, compute and craft work that is inspired, emotional and expressive. i immerse myself in the details. i have a knack for what i do. i just can’t help myself. i live what i do. i love what i do. i’ll never retire //

 

_ E D U C A T I O N

* somewhere i have a university diploma, for fine art and design, that sparked this life-long practice/obsession that has included 20+ years of hands-on art + design / marketing experience crafting hard-working brands for a wide range of patrons around the globe //

 

_ I N F L U E N C E S

* everything from musty printed ephemera, structured yet improvisational mid-century jazz, the emotional punch of jackson pollack, melancholic wit of charles schulz, wildly inspiring philosophies of andy warhol, unashamedly naive typography usually found in back alleys or abandoned lots, trivia inducing documentaries, scandalous biographies, often astoundingly accurate astrology to the serene spirituality of ancient eastern thought especially wabi-sabi; the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete //

 

_ E N V I R O N M E N T

* an open and inquisitive void, the air thick with music, where shelves buckle with books, fresh artwork narrows the halls, coffee brews by the bucket, laughter echoes into tears and conversations build into rambling proclamations of love for all things authentic, ridiculous and contradictory //

 

_ P H I L O S O P H Y

* collaborate with wonderful patrons merging ( fine art ) : emotional, unconscious, found with ( design ) : intellectual, conscious, formulated to tickle the collective conscious with genuine, carefully crafted, individual narratives inspired by extremely personal meandering memories, desperate dreams and passionate doings with intent to invite, excite and ignite //

 

_ P R O C E S S

* soak in everything that is you from ancestry to childhood hijinks to cultural tastes and career yearnings // * whittle away everything editing to the bone uncovering your terrifically personal inspirational story // * react spontaneously in a flurry of informed creation revealing . . .

 

_ P R O X I M I T Y

* available to anyone anywhere utilizing extremely personal processes, philosophies and practices that work near or far //

 

_ P I T C H

* specializing in highly-unique, lovingly-crafted, tailored-to-fit brand stories that capture your essence & define your dreams – sculpting the intricate details while keeping thoughts on the big picture and how it all adds up to one powerful pulpit to present your position – you’re special, a one-of-a-kind, & i can help make sure everyone knows it with always intriguing & never forgettable print/digital communications – work to be cherished & coveted for years to come // - See more at: http://www.funnel.tv/bio/#sthash.IGak3xp7.dpuf


//// B O O K S ///// published work //
 

_ 12 ***

New Graphic Design ( Corporate and Institutional Graphics / Art and Creativity Graphics ) Links Books / Barcelona

Handmade Packaging Workshop ( Tips, Tools & Techniques for Creating Custom Bags, Boxes and
Containers ) 
Thames & Hudson / London : p. 67, 120, 152-153

Los Logos 6 / Gestalten / Berlin : p. 205, 313

New Typography / Artpower / Hong Kong : p. 024 – 026

In Effect : Ground Breaking Finishes & Materials in Graphic Design / Dopress Books / Shenyang China : p. 047 / 062 / 233 / 255

Master Library Vol. 4 – 3000 Type & Calligraphy Logos / LogoLounge / Rockport : 2012

Typography Referenced / Rockport : p. 233 / 270 / 287

 

_ 11 ***

Green Graphics / Index Book / Barcelona : p. 218 – 219

Master Library Vol. 3 – Shapes & Symbols / LogoLounge / Rockport : 2011

 

_ 10 ***

The Best of Brochure Design 11 / Rockport : p. 192 – 193

Basic Pack / Index Book / Barcelona : item. 060 / 084 / 088 / 185

Impressive Printmaking. Letterpress & Graphic Design / Gestalten / Germany : p. 11 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 192

The Best of Letterhead and Logo Design 11 / Rockport : p. 32 / 68 / 77

My Own Business Card / Index Book / Barcelona : p. 85

The Best of Business Card Design 9 : p. 043 / 101 / 102 / 122 / 128 / 144 /197 / 200 / 228

Nice to meet you 2 / Victionary / Hong Kong : Summer 10

Mini Graphics / Sandu Publishing / Hong Kong : p. 73 / 110

Graphic Design, Translated / Rockport : p. 69 / 83 / 89

Packaging Essentials ( 100 Design Principles for Creating Packages ) / Rockport : p. 113 / 163

10 : Master Library Vol. 2 – Animals and Mythology / LogoLounge / Rockport : p. 55 / 63 / 241

 

_ 09 ***

1000 More Graphic Elements : item. 0065 / 0114 / 0247 / 0833–0835 / 0888 / 0547 / 0790–0792 / 0887 / 0890

Basic Logos / Index Book / Barcelona : item. 054 / 056 / 082 / 085 / 336 / 445 / 501 / 502 / 542 / 548 / 805 / 839 / 892

Smart Designs : Business Cards / PIE Books / Tokyo : p. 76 / 77 / 79 / 81 / 84 / 129 / 135 / 158 / 160

Graphic Design, Referenced / Rockport : p. 371 / 375

Growing Graphics : Design for Kids : Index Book / Barcelona : p. 14 / 29 / 148

 

_ 08 ***

1000 Package Designs : A Comprehensive Guide to Packing It In : Item 0186 / 0496 / 0653 / 0940

Design Matters : Packaging 01 : An Essential Primer for Today’s Competitive Market : p. 85 / 163

Relaxing Graphics : PIE Books / Tokyo : p. 28 / 151

 For Sale — Over 200 Innovative Solutions in Package Design : p. 38 – 41

Design for Special Events : p. 32 / 33 / 193

1000 Music Graphics : p. 32 / 297

Just For You — Designs Made by the Heart : Index Book / Barcelona : p. 49 / 156

The Best of Business Card Design 8 : p. 68 / 229 / 230

Invitation & Promotion Ideas with Impact : Index Book / Barcelona : p. 236 – 243

Simply Pattern : Victionary / Hong Kong : ( Funnel Paper Goods ) p. 148 – 151

 

_ 07 ***

1000 Restaurant Bar & Cafe Graphics : Rockport : p. 86 / 101 / 133 / 271 / 290

Eating & Designing : Index Book / Barcelona : p. 334 / 339

 

_ 06 ***

100% Design Portfolio : Index Book / Barcelona : p. 220 – 221

The Complete Graphic Designer : p. 85 / 87 / 114 – 115 / 116 – 117 / 123

The Best of Business Card Design 7 : p. 12 / 87 / 99 / 105 / 114 / 133 / 221 / 226

1000 Bags, Tags & Labels : p. 116 / 204 / 265 / 284 / 285 / 291

 

_05 – 04 ***

05 : Maximum Page Design : p. 19 / 73 / 102

04: Graphis Logo 6 : p. 27 / 169 / 174 / 177 / 193

04 : Rethink, Redesign, Reconstruct : p. 139 / 151 / 176

 

_ 03 ***

Identity Design That Works : p. 88 / 89

Identity Solutions : How to Create Effective Brands : p. 14 / 72 / 89 / 125

 

_ 00 ***

Logos That Work : p. 48 / 49

Cutting Edge Identities : p. 24 / 110

 

_ 97 ***

Great T-shirt Graphics 3 : p. 79

Fresh Ideas In Limited Budget Design : p. 85 / 92

 

_ 96 ***

Type Directors Club Traveling International Exhibit & Book : p. 87

Fresh Ideas In Brochure Design : p. 60 / 117

Fresh Ideas In Letterhead & Business Card Design 3 : p. 55 / 62

 

_ 95 – 94***

95 : Fresh Ideas In Black, White & Gray : p. 52 / 53

94 : Fresh Ideas In Letterhead & Business Card Design 2 : p. 43

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/// M A G A Z I N E S /// published work //

 

_ 10 – 09 *** 

10 : Communication Arts : Design Annual 51 / Fresh p. 210 – 211

09 : UPPERCASE : a magazine for the creative and curious : issue 2 / summer : 09 / p. 28 – 31

 

_ 08 ***

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Style News / FPG Gift Paper : p. 18

Applied Arts Design & Advertising Annual 08

HOW Self-Promo Annual of Design : p. 69

Print Regional Design Annual 2008 : Page 165

HOW International Annual of Design : p. 127

 

_ 07 ***

HOW December 2007 : p. 49

Carmel Magazine April 2007 : p. 36

Indianapolis Monthly Home Spring 2007 : p. 20

 

_ 06 ***

Print Regional Design Annual 2006 : p. 196 / 199

HOW December Issue : p. 24

Step Inside Design Vol. 22 No. 3 May / June : p. 64

 

_ 05 – 04 ***

05 : HOW International Annual of Design : p. 188

04 : Communication Arts Design Annual 45 : p. 80

 

_ 03 ***

Print Regional Design Annual 2003 : p. 218 / 219

HOW Self Promotion Annual : p. 68

 

_ 02 ***

Communication Arts Design Annual 42 / FRESH p. 226 / 227

HOW Magazine Self Promotion Annual : p. 64

 

_ 00 ***

Communication Arts Design Annual 41 : p. 93

Print Regional Design Annual 2000 : p. 221 / 226 / 227 / 228

 

_ 99 – 92 ***

99 : HOW International Annual of Design : p. 100 / 141

94 : HOW International Annual of Design : p. 86

93 : HOW International Annual of Design : p. 160

92 : HOW Self Promotion Annual : Page 126

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///// S H O W S /////

 

_ 12 ***

Jurors Exhibition ( 2 / 25 – 3 / 24 ) Anderson University Wilson Gallery : Anderson / Indiana

Dean Johnson Gallery : Indy Artist Define Indy / Indianapolis / Hoosier Champion / 11 / Print

 

_ 11 ***

Dean Johnson Gallery : One Show / Indianapolis / Cul-de-sac / 11 / Painting

Nominated for a 2011 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National nDesign Award in Communication Design

 

_ 10 ***

Fisher Hall Fine Arts Gallery Marian University / Indianapolis ( 1/26 – 2/26 ) Funnel : Eric Kass show with various fine art + design pieces

 

_ 09 ***

Tonic Gallery / Indianapolis / Fame Will Find You / Tethered ( the past ) / Paintings

The Public and the Personal Design Views : University of Indianapolis CDFAC Gallery : 8 Design Pieces Included

 

_ 08 ***

Dean Johnson Gallery : Holiday One Piece Show / Indianapolis / potential out weighs the plans set forth in youth for a life to fill essential emptiness / 08 / Drawing

Dean Johnson Gallery : Paper Show / Indianapolis / 5 Ounces Net / 08 / Mixed Media

 

_ 07 ***

Dean Johnson Gallery : Holiday One Piece Show / Indianapolis / Division / 07 / Painting

Evan’s Life Foundation / Chicago / Lust Study #1 / 04 / Painting

Tonic Gallery / Indianapolis / Despair Study #1 / 03 / Painting

 

_ 06 ***

Evan’s Life Foundation Silent Auction / Chicago / Scattered Overhead / 05 / Digital Print

Dean Johnson Gallery : Holiday One Piece Show / Indianapolis / All I Want / 05 / Digital Print

Tonic Gallery / Indianapolis / Infidelity Study #1 / 03 / Painting

Herron School of Art and Design + online gallery : 25 Above Water / Rhythm of Recovery / Poster

The Eisner American Museum of Ads & Design : The Art of the Business Card / Milwaukee / Various Pieces

Dean Johnson Gallery : Functional Show / Indianapolis / Gift Paper / Clock / Worship Table

 

_ 05 ***

Flash Film Festival / San Francisco / funnel.tv / 05 / Web Site

Evan’s Life Foundation Silent Auction / Chicago / Altruism Study #2 / 03 / Painting

Tonic Gallery / Indianapolis / Scattered Overhead / 05 / Print

 

_ 04 ***

Tonic Gallery / Indianapolis / Harmony Study #3 / 03 / Print

Dean Johnson Gallery : Spring Gallery Walk / Indianapolis / Exploded Views / 04 / 7 Paintings

 

_ 03***

Chicago Book Clinic : Award of Excellence / Chicago / True Stories / 03 / Book Covers

Tonic Gallery / Indianapolis / Altruism Study #1 / 03 / Painting

Dean Johnson Gallery : Holiday One Piece Show / Indianapolis / Loss Study #1 / 03 / Painting

Galliher Studio : Fort Wayne / Loss Study #2 / 03 / Painting

Modpod Homethings : Broad Ripple Gallery Tour / Indianapolis / Various / Paintings

Dean Johnson Gallery : Self-Portrait Show / Indianapolis Sucker / 03 / Photograph

10 x 10 : 100 Exhibits of Fine Paper / Texas / Lodge Stationery

 

_ 02 – 95 ***

02 : Ball State University Atrium Gallery / Muncie / Harmony Study #1 / 01 / Painting

01 : Dean Johnson Gallery : One Show / Indianapolis / Disectomy / 00 / Painting

00 : The Advertising Club of Indianapolis : 8 Addy Awards + 6 Citations

97 : The Advertising Club of Indianapolis : 1 Addy

96 : ADCI : The Best Show / Indianapolis / 1 Top Ten + 3 Awards

95 : ADCI : The Best Show / Indianapolis / 3 Awards

 

_ 94 – 92 ***

94 : French Paper Company : Award of Excellence

94 : ADCI : The Best Show / Indianapolis / 4 Awards

92 : Ball State University : Outstanding Senior Award Nominee / Muncie

 

_ 91 ***

Ball State University : 56th Annual Student Art Show Award /
Muncie / Sleep / 90 / Drawing

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///// D I A L O G U E /////

 

Speaker ( 10 / 13 / 12 ) : AIGA Blueprint : Indianapolis / Indiana

Design Workshop/Presentation ( 3 / 12 / 12 ) : Ivy Tech Big Art Bang! : Columbus / Indiana

Juror + Jurors Exhibition + Presentation ( 2 / 25 / 12 ) : Anderson University Student Art + Design Show : Anderson / Indiana

Judge ( 1 / 21 / 12 ) : AAF Charlotte Addy Awards : Charlotte / North Carolina

Interviewed ( 6 / 13 / 11 ) : Pinterest

Interviewed ( 6 / 11 / 11 ) : 4by6.com

Speaker ( 3 / 25 / 10 ) : Herron School of Art ( IUPUI ) : Indianapolis / Indiana

Speaker ( 10 / 8 / 09 ) : Design Madison Madison / Wisconsin

Speaker ( 11 / 19 / 08 ) : Indiana University School of Fine Art Graduate Class Studying Design Entrepreneurship Bloomington / Indiana

Interviewed ( 1 / 14 / 08 ) : Correspondence Notes

Interviewed ( 9 /24 / 06 ) : Indy’s Music Channel ( 25 Above Water )

Interviewed ( 5 / 05 ) : Design Radar ( www.designradar.it ) : Italy

Speaker ( 4 / 7 / 05 ) : Kendall College of Art & Design ( Ferris State ) : Grand Rapids / Michigan

Speaker ( 3 / 6 / 04 ) : Herron School of Art ( IUPUI ) : Indianapolis / Indiana

Contributor ( Vol. 5 No. 5 ) Dynamic Graphics ( Low Cost Self Promotion ) : Page 29

Reviewer ( 00 – 13 ) : AIGA Portfolio Day : Indianapolis / Indiana Speaker / Reviewer ( Various

Times 94 – 03 ) : Ball State University : Muncie / Indiana

Marketing Chairman / Vice President ( 94 / 95 / 96 ) : Art Directors Club of Indiana


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