The Heads of State

18 Aug

The Heads of State, the bearded duo, Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers, based out of Philadelphia are design and illustrator heroes who bridge the gap between vintage and modern.  Their work is ironic, clever, witty, and both conceptually and visually spot on.  Their love for vintage typography, history, and culture (typographic beauts like their Great Gatsby business card poster,  city posters; and Civil War reconstruction prints, to name a few) adds a layer of richness to their work.  Their client and award list continues to lengthen and their studio space adds to their overall cool factor (a hanging grid of clipboards makes even the least desirable project do-able).  Their work is primarily print based and heavily inspired by the printmaking process.  While they don’t get their hands as dirty anymore with the actual printing, they have used a lot of talented printers who help deliver some spectacular work.  It is great that in our digital world they still make their own as nearly exclusive print designers and have places like The New York Times asking them personally to do work.

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