Sinclair Smith & Company is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. Our services include strategic consulting, industrial design and interior design.



Building slump closes a whole town

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Architecture, Business, Home Improvement, Manufacturing

This article in msnbc.com reports on how the housing slump slowed construction, slowing sales of USG brand Sheetrock, forcing the shutdown of one of its plants, thus closing an entire town in Neveda. An entire zip code will be discontinued. Wild.

Flashback to the eve before brand became king

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Branding, Business, History

I was shown this 1985 article from Time Magazine reporting hostile take over bids and forced sales of family companies. The 80s were that last dreamy last era before brand and branding exceeded product quality and customer service in corporate and consumer values. The article is an interesting glimpse into that pivotal time when it all seemed to shift.

Whatta you know about Jay Lehman?

Posted on May 20, 2011 in Business, Retail

What you need to know is that in 1955 Jay Lehman started a business selling old fashioned products that operate without electricity to local Amish in Ohio. Pretty good idea when you think about it. And the business is thriving. That’s classic universal design. Design a product or service for a niche consumer and if it’s done right, everyone will want it. Move over Vermont Country Store, all the good stuff is at Lehman’s.

Mickey Drexler

Posted on May 20, 2011 in Branding, Business, Clothing, New York

This article in the New Yorker on Mickey Drexler (from last September!!) is worth the read.