Brian Collins Honored with Manship Medallion

The Manship Medallion was created by and named after Paul Manship–the artist who created Prometheus, Atlas and all of the iconic art deco sculptures at Rockefeller Center. It’s an incredible, rarely-given recognition awarded by the Art Directors Club to leaders in the creative community.
 
In celebration of ADC’s first century, a small group of industry voices who have played significant roles in the club’s history and evolution were honored with the Manship Medallion at this year’s awards ceremony. 
 
We’re honored that Brian Collins was among them.
 
It’s a seriously wonderful acknowledgement of the leader we’re (uh…usually) thrilled to work with every day.
 
Congratulations, Brian. And congratulations to all of the other honorees.

Nicole Cousins on Curiosity, Perspective and What Ifs

When it comes to inviting people into our team, we look for cultural contribution over cultural fit. In her short time with us, COLLINS Associate Designer Nicole Cousins has already been contributing plenty.

With our friends at It’s Nice That, Nicole speaks to the curiosity that anchors her process and the wide-ranging sources of inspiration that shape her perspective–one we’ve been so grateful to have on board.

See the full story here.

GDUSA's 2022 People to Watch

For nearly six decades, GDUSA has started each year by identifying a group of people who embody the spirit of the creative community. We’re lucky to get to watch COLLINS Design Director George Lavender at work every day. So we’re delighted, but not surprised, that Graphic Design USA included George in their 2022 list of people to watch.

Congratulations to the rest of the 2022 honorees.

It's Nice That and Megan Bowker talk OpenWeb

OpenWeb’s mission is an ambitious one, “to save online conversations.” It’s Nice That and Megan Bowker, design director at COLLINS, sat down for a conversation about our approach to developing a welcoming, reassuring, and trustworthy brand for OpenWeb with that mission at the center.

Read on.

Looking Ahead — Eric Park on Creative Bloq

At COLLINS, we often remind ourselves of Mark Twain’s adage “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Each year, Creative Bloq looks ahead to understand what the next 12 months of design might hold. They enlisted COLLINS motion designer Eric Park to share what he thinks may be rhyming in 2022.

Read more here.

COLLINS Sounds Vol. 10 — Winter 2021

We’re closing out the year with the 10th edition of our COLLINS Sounds playlist. We’ve put together some of our favorite tunes from the last year. The playlist is also perfectly suitable for this coming winter, as well as for looking back (or looking forward) to the sunny days of spring and summer.

And, of course, happy holidays from all of us at COLLINS in San Francisco and New York City to you.

GDUSA’s 2021 Responsible Designers

Since its founding, magazine GDUSA has argued that graphic design is a valuable tool for culture and causes as well as commerce - and should be recognized and rewarded as such. Never has this proposition been more true than today. Watch out for our colleagues Jing Qi Fan and Nicole Cousins, who have been honored by GDUSA as important voices to watch in 2022.

Arcane

Every legend has a beginning.

The possibilities of evocative design are always amplified with a great story. So we are beyond honored to have worked with the great people at Riot Games in helping build the brand and identity for Arcane. We can’t wait to share our full case study with you – but for now, enter the world of Arcane and discover the adventures and characters of Piltover and Zaun. The story begins on Netflix tomorrow, November 6th.

Designing a New American Flag

The American flag is our most potent piece of national iconography, but its design shifted frequently until the early 1900s. What if it were redesigned today? What might artists and designers explore? The New York Times invited us to do just that. Although we remain champions of the original stars and stripes, we explored a uniquely American story to tell: E Pluribus Unum.

Introducing the new Clubhouse icon

As we approached evolving the Clubhouse brand, we didn’t want to just design another big ‘C’, we wanted to expand on what they’ve been great at since the beginning: Designing experiences with the belief that people are at the center of every moment.

Stay tuned for a full case study showcasing all of the work we did in partnership with our friends from Clubhouse.

Photographer: John Canon

Type Directors Club Honors Us With 8 TDC67 Certificates

Well, this was a nice surprise. Our good crew did well at the TDC Design Awards with our good clients, including Crane/Mohawk, Medium, Primary and San Francisco Symphony. Bravo to our friends at Pentagram, The NY Times and all of this year’s winners.

Creative Boom Interviews Megan Bowker on Career-shaping Books

We are all book-crazy here at COLLINS. Our Design Director, Megan Bowker, shares five books that shaped her career and impacted her life with our friends at Creative Boom.

Megan has a dazzling body of work. Originally from Wasilla, Alaska, she now lives in Manhattan. And she works across a spectrum of emerging to established organizations. Her work always sits (energetically) between strategy and insanely complex brand and design systems.

Read on.

sweetgreen Featured on Its Nice That

Sanuk Kim, Senior Designer, and Alex Wallace, Business Leader, discuss the work they led with the rest of our team and our clients on the re-imagination of the extraordinary, delicious and way-better-for-you-than-old-school-fast-food, sweetgreen.

We’re honored to work with sweetgreen’s leaders on a better future - along with our colleague, friend, and COLLINS alumnus (and now sweetgreen creative leader) the awesome Mr. Thomas Wilder.

The Brand Identity Interviews Jingqi Fan

She moves from China. Graduates with honors from Washington University.
Interns at Apple. Wins grants to launch her senior thesis project on climate change. Launches her senior thesis project on climate change into the real world. It becomes a smash. Works with the great people at Square. Launches the new Nikolas Type site.

And then she joins us. Yes!

Welcome, Jingqi Fan.

3x Ad Age Design Agency of the Year

We’re honored.

Ad Age named us Design Agency of the (Craziest) Year (We’ve Ever Had).
And, incredibly, for the third straight year.

We’re grateful to each one of our clients. And so happy for all
of our colleagues and partners.

Congratulations to all of the 2021 awardees.

And thank you, Ad Age.