World-renowed graphic designer. AIGA Medalist. Consummate collector. Flag maven. Friend to Boy Scouts. Pentagram partner Kit Hinrichs is many things, and now he’s the subject of a retrospective opening today at his alma mater, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. On view through May 3 at the Art Center’s Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, “Telling Stories Through Design” includes more than 200 examples of Hinrichs’ work, from magazines and catalogs (now wonder we’re powerless in the face of glossy materials from Design Within Reach and Restoration Hardware) to exhibitions (the Experience Music Project in Seattle, for one) and identity programs for such diverse entities as Muzak, The California Academy of Sciences, and Napa Style. Designer Sean Adams describes the exhibit as “a tribute to Kit’s refined ability to convey a strong narrative message through design. There’s always a fine line between the thinking and the making, and Kit’s seamless ability to meld the craft and the aesthetics with the message makes his work absolutely sublime. He is a real master.”
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