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



Old MTA lettering

Great old lettering at the exit stairs for South Oxford St at the Lafayette Ave C station.

Fire engines kick ass!!

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 in Color, Hardware, Tools, Transportation

A lot of people think that firetrucks are just a colorful and loud way of getting really awesome people in amazing outfits around town to do their hero’s work. It’s not that simple. Inside every hose truck, not to be confused with ladder truck, is an extremely sophisticated water pump engine that controls the flow from a hydrant through FDNY hoses or into a building’s sprinkler system to regulate and optimize hydrostatic pressure. You wanna talk about interaction design? Check that shit out!

On teaching kids to ride a bike

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 in Children, Cycling, Education, parenting, Transportation

Henry Cutler, the Brooklyn transplant industrial designer/owner of Amsterdam based Workcycles has a great piece on the stages of teaching children to ride a bicycle. Read for yourself… (by the way, check out that badass cross frame Opa in the background of the photo above. Gorgeous.)

NYC Goes Three Way

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 in Cycling, Education, New York, Transportation

Ron Gabriel’s 2011 design thesis from SVA focuses on the three parties involved in the war that is the streets of NYC: pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles. His work focused on one intersection in particular and in a fascinating video he highlights the turbulence and near misses of how the three parties use and abuse traffic laws. Personally, I’m pleased to see someone take an examined and seemingly unbiased eye to all involved parties and suggest that it is not just cyclists that need change, but pedestrians and drivers. I look forward to digging further into his work and conclusions. But take a look at this video for sure….

3-Way Street from ronconcocacola on Vimeo.

Convert-O Tricycle

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 in Children, Cycling, I want it, parenting, Toys, Transportation

I totally stopped this kid and his mom on the street today to find out about this tricycle. I did A LOT of research on tricycles before settling on one for my son, but I never came across this. The Convert-O Tricycle from Anthony Bros. does a nice if not awkwardly balanced conversion to a bicycle which is great for kids learning to ride a bike, but who cares about that right now…. Look at this thing! Cast aluminum parts. Gorgeous lines and proportions. Look at the front wheel spokes!! Everything should look like this. Amazing. Classic. But not cheap.

Dated color

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 in Architecture, Brooklyn, Color, Transportation

Believe it or not, this photo was taken today. The Impala (62?) is a dated color, but it’s the car with the mustard, blue and browns of the background houses that really push this image back about 40 or 50 years.

Follow the yellow brick road layer (from Holland of course)

Posted on May 30, 2011 in Manufacturing, Tools, Transportation

A friend sent me this video. It’s kind of unbelievable. It’s like a big brick road zipper. Amazing.

Portable On Demand Storage

Posted on May 30, 2011 in Endless stuff, Home Improvement, Transportation

Running out of room inside? Get PODS! Your neighbors will be glad you did.

Motorcycle shipping crate gone workbench

Posted on May 22, 2011 in Branding, Furniture, Packaging, sustaina-bling, Transportation

Michael Kritzer has done an interesting thing for client Buell Motorcycles by designing a shipping crate the bike purchaser can turn into a workbench. And a pretty smart one at that. Well played. Mr. Kritzer has more sharp work and smart business intentions up at Habitco. Via core77.

Shift change at Gaseteria

Posted on May 18, 2011 in New York, Transportation

Everyday at 5pm, taxi cabs starts lining up headed East on Houston and North on Lafayette to refill and switch drivers at the gas station on Houston and Lafayette. (Used to be Gaseteria, now BP.) It’s a pretty crazy scene on the street, but this was the first time I ever saw the yellow procession from above.