Post Typography
Post Typography
A multidisciplinary design agency specializing in logos & branding, print, web & digital media, illustration, creative placemaking, graphic & environmental design for enlightened organizations

We are
Post Typography

About Us

We are a Baltimore- and NYC-based creative agency making ambitious work in print, digital, conceptual, and built environments.

 

Post Typography helps our clients amplify their voices through iconic and iconoclastic design. We support their missions with a wide range of services that include branding and logos; messaging and design strategy; websites and digital media; signage, placemaking, and environmental graphics; publication design and illustration; video, animation, and a whole bunch of other cool stuff that is too long to list here.

 

Who We Are

Post Typography is a tight-knit team of experienced makers and thinkers who like beautiful type, weird architecture, loud music, bad puns, and new challenges.

 

Founding partners Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen have collaborated on design, music, art, teaching, and writing projects for more than a decade. Beginning with hand-printed concert posters for underground musicians, the work and studio have grown to include high profile projects for clients such as The New York Times, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Random House.

Strals and Willen are authors of Lettering & Type, a book on custom lettering and typeface design, published by Princeton Architectural Press. They’ve taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and have lectured at the Cooper Union, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and Harvard among many others. Strals and Willen have also contributed to the Baltimore music scene for many years (most notably with influential punk band Double Dagger and instrumental group Peals).

 
 
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Nolen Strals

Principal

Nolen began his career designing concert posters while still a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Working equally from knowledge and instinct, Nolen has directed his design and illustration expertise into national ad campaigns, hand-lettered headlines, and beyond.

 
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Bruce Willen

Principal

With over a dozen years of professional experience in design, writing, photography, and art direction, Bruce has led projects ranging from major branding campaigns to punk band T-shirt designs, approaching each with the same obsessive attention to detail. Bruce also performs and records music as part of the instrumental duo Peals.

 
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Jessica Smith

Producer

Jess is a natural facilitator with over 10 years experience in branding and creative project management. She builds relationships, asks a lot of questions, and loves finding the right solutions. She likes to guess Pantone colors for sport. 

 
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Christian Mortlock

Senior Designer

An ace designer and graduate of Rutgers University-Camden, Chris has a soft spot for book design, karaoke, and pointy guitars.

 
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Kacie Mills

Designer

A MICA graduate with a dual degree in design and humanistic studies, Kacie enjoys screen printing, all cats, some dogs, and things that pass the Bechdel test. 

 
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Heather St. Clair

Office manager

Heather, a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Public Relations, worked in the special events industry for more than 10 years before joining the Post Typography team. She shares her home with three boys aged 4, 6, and 35.

Who We Work With

The studio regularly unleashes itself upon a wide variety of projects for clients that include cultural innovators, well-known institutions, and leading non-profits.

 

Post Typography has partnered with sustainable builders, green manufacturers, and architects; advocacy organizations; schools and colleges and independent news. We also appreciate the finer things in life, and our designs grace craft beer cans, restaurant windows, and even the shelves of high-end cannabis dispensaries.
 

ARTS + CULTURE
Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts
Beach House
Future Islands
Maryland Film Festival (MdFF)
Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
Sony Music Entertainment
Thrill Jockey Records
WYPR Public Radio

DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY
Figure 53
Maharam
Smilebooth
Sonos
Terbium Labs
Type Supply

EDUCATION
Baltimore Collegetown Network
Goucher College
Johns Hopkins University
MICA
The New School
 

ARCHITECTURE + SUSTAINABILITY + DEVELOPMENT
AIA National
Greenbuild Expo
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Green Building Council
Waverly Main Street

FOOD + DRINK + WEED
2SP Brewing
Charm City Cakes
Fenario Farms
Union Craft Brewing

PUBLISHING
Atlantic Magazine
ESPN Magazine
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Penguin / Random House
Simon & Schuster
teNeues Publishing Group
Time Magazine
Washington Post
WIRED Magazine

 

Press + Recognition

Post Typography’s work has been published internationally and has received lots of fancy-pants design awards.

 

We’ve been recognized by the Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, the Society of News Design, and the Society of Publication Designers among others. Publications of the studio’s work include a Post Typography monograph by French publisher Pyramyd Éditions and appearances in such books as Taschen’s Contemporary Graphic Design and Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips’ Graphic Design: The New Basics. Our work has appeared in numerous design and art exhibitions, and our posters are collected by high school punk rockers and prominent designers (whom we consider equally important).

A few articles + Interviews

Technical.ly
Post Typography founders Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals on the importance of ambitious clients, new challenges, and creating community

Creative Boom
Emily Gosling gives a shout out to our recent projects and new website

FastCo.Design
“How Two Graphic Designers Created One Of Baltimore’s Hardest Hardcore Bands”

Co-Lab: Collaborative
Design Survey
An interview with partners Bruce and Nolen

Oh Beautiful Beer
Our design work for 2SP gets some love from the premier beer design blog

Print Magazine
The process and story behind a killed cover design for Time Magazine

HOW Magazine
HOW Blog visits the Post Typography studio

Swiss Miss
Gets her “mind blown” on our old website

Brand New
This popular design site reviews our new work for MdFF and the Parkway Theatre

CommArts
Feature on our signage designs for the City of Baltimore

Baltimore Magazine
A look at our 25,000 sq. ft. underwater light and sound installation for the Light City Festival

Baltimore Business Journal
Post Typography takes on everything from beer cans to Art and Politics

City Paper
A lovely review of our War of 1812-themed art exhibition, OSAYCANYOUSEE

Metropolis
Post Typography + Ed Fella in conversation at the New York Art Directors Club

8 Faces Magazine
Issue #1 includes a Post Typography feature and interview

The Italian Touch
Features our Racism Erases Face poster

 

Job Openings

We are always interested in collaborating with like-minded designers and weirdos.

 

Post Typography is always on the lookout for talented and conceptually-driven designers, developers, and makers with a keen eye for detail.

 
 
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