About Us

BLANK IS THE NEW BLACK is a creative studio located in Chicago, Illinois. We are a boutique studio, which allows us to work with a large range of clients and budgets, while staying closely involved with every project from start to finish. We keep an eye on new trends in design, but always choose smart design over fashionable design. With expertise in both print and web design, we’re always looking for new challenges and interesting projects, even if it means having to create them ourselves.

Thomas Quinn Graphic Designer

When he was 10 years old, Thomas Quinn drew a pencil-rendered collage of Bo Jackson photos that won first prize in his middle school’s art competition, thus putting the art world on notice. Inspired by Bo Jackson’s ability to play both baseball and football professionally, Thomas studied fine art and illustration while majoring in graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating, Thomas returned to Chicago, where he has lived for most of his life. He specializes in print and web design, but also dabbles in painting, typeface design, and beard growing. He also teaches typography at the Chicago Portfolio School. If you show even the slightest interest in hockey, he will gladly talk your ear off about the Blackhawks.
> EMAIL HIM AT TQ@BLANKISTHENEWBLACK.COM

Kevin Greene Web Developer

In 1996, Kevin Greene set an NFL record with five consecutive multi-sack games and finished leading the NFL in sacks for the second time in three years with 14.5. This is not that Kevin Greene. But it was around the same time that this one went to high school in St. Louis. There, he was known for having hobbies that heavily consisted of exploring and making things just outside the realm of AOL. He honed his web development skills while getting a degree in Japanese from the University of Kansas and then while teaching in Japan for a few years. He likes to study the latest in technology but if he has learned anything, it is not to cheer for the Cardinals within the city limits of Chicago.
> EMAIL HIM AT KG@BLANKISTHENEWBLACK.COM

Collaborators

Ambrose Holiday Designer

Ambrose is a fictional type designer, graphic designer, and illustrator living in Chicago. He had the honor of being our first intern. He may or may not be responsible for a storied discography of woefully self-aware experimental electronic music that no one will ever hear.
> SEE MORE AT AMBROSEHOLIDAY.COM

Mollie Edgar Graphic Designer

Mollie is a photographer and designer currently living and working in Chicago. She fine tuned her design skills at Morningstar before turning freelance, and clocks in when we need additional design horsepower. She likes root beer and riding bikes at night. She is also learning the fiddle.
> SEE MORE AT MOLLIE-EDGAR.COM

Ryan Browne Illustrator

Ryan is an illustrator and a comic artist responsible for God Hates Astronauts, an impossible-to-explain comic published by Image Comics. He helps out whenever we need a bona fide illustrator on a project. He has a habit of trying to do everything you aren’t allowed to do in every video game he plays.
> SEE MORE AT RYANBROWNE.NET

SPECIAL CAPABILITIES: No two projects are exactly alike, but many face common challenges. Some projects present unique situations requiring specific capabilities. We specialize in Shopify e-commerce theme design, advanced HTML/CSS/JS development, custom typeface design, hand-drawn typography, and book design.

Selected Client List:

  • Girl & the Goat, Little Goat
  • Holly Hunt
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Gramovox
  • Spitfire Designs
  • Gatorade
  • Kneedler Fauchére
  • The Flavor by Stephanie Izard
  • 826Chicago
  • Andrew Moore Photography
  • Jawbone
  • Dolby Laboratories
  • Nitzan Design
  • El Mexican Restaurant
  • Gaucho Garcia

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Also

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AND THE OCCASIONAL ANIMATED GIF

Typefaces

While our focus lies in print and web design, we also dabble in the occasional typeface design. Below are a few of our humble entries into the type arena.

Versteeg : Light, Regular, Bold, Square
Available at MyFonts
Toews : Outlined, Solid
Available at MyFonts
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220 N. Green St, Chicago, IL 60607