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



foolinghoudini.com is set to launch!

Posted on May 15, 2012 in Books, Featured, graphic design, SS&CO projects, Web

Design and coding are complete for foolinghoudini.com, the website for the forthcoming book, Fooling Houdini by Alex Stone. You can see Alex talk about the book here. The book comes out in mid June. Site launch is imminent…

Draplin Design Co. Field Notes Archive

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Antiques, Endless stuff, graphic design, History

Aaron Draplin, designer and manufacturer of today’s ubiquitous “Field Notes” notebooks, shows his collection of antique note books used as corporate marketing tools. Super cool. Via stpl.

Jessica Hische’s Daily Drop Caps

Posted on May 9, 2012 in Brooklyn, graphic design, Typography

Testing, testing Jessica Hishce’s Daily Drop Caps. That T looks like Aquafresh. Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

WPA National Park posters

Posted on May 1, 2012 in graphic design, History, Nature

Ranger Doug painstakingly redrew these WPA posters from old black & white photos and hand silkscreens them in stunning color. Incredible.

Vintage stationary with architectural vignettes

BibliOdyssey has a post displaying fantastic samples from Columbia University’s collection of commercial stationary.

Dana Tanamachi

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 in graphic design, Typography

I just stumbled on the beautiful hand lettering work of Dana Tanamachi. Check out the time lapse videos of her process here. Beautiful stuff!

Adobe Illustrator happy accident

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 in Architecture, graphic design, SS&CO projects

Now I just need to build one.

Sun Engraving Co. Ltd.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 in Books, graphic design, Typography

Amazing. Click here for larger. And then search The Sun Engraving Company.

Typography of Sanborn NYC maps

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 in Books, Featured, graphic design, History, New York, Typography

Designer Christian Annyas has a post up featuring gorgeous covers from Sanborn insurance map books along with a thorough archive of links to other examples and resources. I’ve drooled over plates like these in the Pratt Library which has stacks of historical insurance map books of the city. Absolutely stunning. Via Khoi Vinh.

Mid Bronx Haulage

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 in Advertising, Branding, Color, graphic design, New York, Typography

Mid Bronx is a commercial garbage collection company that I found up by the job I’m on and they’ve been doing weekly collections from my site. Super nice guys and I really love the type treatment on their truck. It’s a classic industrial logo type. And they have great shirts to match. I managed to score one. XL. It looks like a dress on me. (Please don’t tell them.)