We are a Baltimore, NYC, and Atlanta-based creative agency making ambitious work in print, digital, conceptual, and built environments.
The design partnership of Topos Graphics + Post Typography helps cultural and change-making 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
The design partnership of Topos Graphics + Post Typography is an experienced team of creative problem solvers who like beautiful type, unusual architecture, bad puns, and new challenges.
Founded in 2007 by Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen, Post Typography has enlivened museums and theaters, brightened bookshelves and bars, and elevated the work of innovators large and small. In 2019 Post Typography announced a partnership with NYC- and Atlanta-based studio Topos Graphics that leverages Topos’ extensive experience working for cultural, non-profit, and commercial clients including Knight Foundation, The Jewish Museum New York, MoMA PS1, David Stark Design and Production, and KIND Healthy Snacks.
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.
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.
An ace designer and graduate of Rutgers University-Camden, Chris has a soft spot for book design, karaoke, and pointy guitars.
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.
Heather St. Clair
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
Maryland Film Festival (MdFF)
Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
Sony Music Entertainment
Thrill Jockey Records
WYPR Public Radio
DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY
Baltimore Collegetown Network
Johns Hopkins University
The New School
ARCHITECTURE + SUSTAINABILITY + DEVELOPMENT
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Green Building Council
Waverly Main Street
FOOD + DRINK + WEED
Charm City Cakes
Union Craft Brewing
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Penguin / Random House
Simon & Schuster
teNeues Publishing Group
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
Post Typography founders Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals on the importance of ambitious clients, new challenges, and creating community
Emily Gosling gives a shout out to our recent projects and new website
“How Two Graphic Designers Created One Of Baltimore’s Hardest Hardcore Bands”
Oh Beautiful Beer
Our design work for 2SP gets some love from the premier beer design blog
The process and story behind a killed cover design for Time Magazine
HOW Blog visits the Post Typography studio
Gets her “mind blown” on our old website
This popular design site reviews our new work for MdFF and the Parkway Theatre
Washington Post Magazine
Bruce Willen discusses the state of 2018 political branding
We were the first to write about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s great campaign branding
Feature on our signage designs for the City of Baltimore
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
A lovely review of our War of 1812-themed art exhibition, OSAYCANYOUSEE
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
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.