About

Kevin Cantrell Studio believes in the power of the word as a basic unit of human connection and understanding. As a typographic-centered design house, we are wordsmiths in the most literal sense, forging each letter, each sentence, and each logo, by paying excruciating attention to the details of the written word. The basis of good branding, marketing, and human engagement starts with having something important to say, and then portraying it sublimely.

KCS commits to fully understanding what your brand has to say. We then internalize those goals, beliefs, and desires, making them our own. As experts in the history of typography, we write, explore, draft narratives and design lettering forms that will convey your message on meta levels of literal & graphical meaning. Together, we create an opulent visual vocabulary for your brand and campaign that is exciting in variety, distinction, and cohesion.

Services

Team

Kevin Cantrell Founder & Creative Director

Head of his eponymous studio, Kevin functions as the creative director and design lead for all KCD client projects. Kevin has a deep understanding and love of lettering and typographical aesthetics. Earning a BFA in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University, 2008, he established his signature typographical aesthetics applying them to clients such as: Nike, M&RL, Neenah Paper, Fetcham Park (UK), Harvard University, Princeton University, Phillips Exeter Academy and Cottonhouse Hotel (Barcelona). His work has been recognized by Communication Arts Design and Typography Annuals, Graphis, Type Directors Club, Print Regional Design Annual, the One Show. Kevin was named one of Print Magazine’s 20 under 30 New Visual Artists 2014 and is an Art DIrector’s Club (ADC) Young Gun 12.

Erik Attkisson Management & Strategy

Erik is a renaissance talent with business management and brand strategy experience honed during 19 years of brand marketing working for and with entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 companies. He managed Motorola’s global entertainment marketing, was the CMO of mobile accessory brand Case-Mate, and founded creative talent management agencies, Satellite Office and &Reach -now in their second decade of operations. His clients have included: IBM, Gatorade, FYI Network, Verizon, Target, adidas, Microsoft, Bacardi, and others. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of management. He was granted a design patent for the Windows 7 desktop along with colleague Chuck Anderson and is the recipient of multiple innovation design awards from CEA and a Webby. In the 90’s, Erik was the drummer and one of the founders of the seminal, live hip-hop band Chucklehead.

Recognition

Awards

  • ADC Young Gun 12

  • Print New Visual Artist 2014

  • TDC 59, 60, 61, 62 Awards of Excellence

  • TDC 62 Juror's Choice

  • Comm Arts Design Annual 53

  • Comm Arts Type Annual 3, 4, 5

  • Print Regional Design Annual '12, '13, '14

  • Graphis Type Annual '15, Gold

  • Graphic Design Annual '14, Silver

  • SF World Spirits Awards Gold & Silver, '16

  • The One Show, Merit '15

  • AIGA SLC Copper Ingots, '08-'09, '11-'15

Select Press

  • Mr-Cup Excellence Selection

  • Comm Arts Online Gallery, Lost Prophet

  • Comm Arts Online Gallery, Tabletalk Magazine

  • The Dieline

  • GDUSA 2015 People To Watch

  • TDC Talk 2016, Crafting a Type-Centric Brand in 7 Days